TENNYSON, Alfred, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-92). Poems. London: Edward Moxon, 1842.
2 volumes, 8° (166 x 95mm). With half-title in each volume. Bound for presentation in contemporary green morocco, covers gilt-panelled with fillets and roll tools, gilt spine compartments directly lettered, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (extremities a little rubbed, light scuff marks), later morocco-backed green cloth case. Provenance: presentation copy from the author to his younger sister, Cecilia (both volumes inscribed in the poet's hand 'Cecilia Tennyson from her affectionate brother A.T.'; title to volume II with ownership inscription 'Cecilia Lushington A.T.') -- A. Edward Newton (bookplate), sold Parke-Bernet, New York, 30 October 1941, lot 399 for $240 (£60) -- Walter P. Chrysler, sold Parke-Bernet, New York, 27 February 1952, lot 345, for $250. With an inserted note signed by W.G. Worthington of Elkin Mathews observing that Edmund Lushington, Cecilia's husband, translated two poems of Tennyson's, 'OEnone' and 'Crossing the Bar,' into Greek (see Hallam's Memoir I, p. 180 and II, p. 367).
A FAMILY PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, published 14 May 1842. Volume I consists mainly of poems previously published in 1830 and 1832, but extensively revised, among them 'Mariana,' 'The Lady of Shalott,' 'OEnone,' and 'The Lotos-Eaters.' Among the almost entirely unpublished poems in Volume II were 'Morte d'Arthur,' 'The Gardener's Daughter,' 'Ulysses,' 'Locksley Hall,' 'The Two Voices,' and 'Break, break, break,' a poem composed in a Lincolnshire lane at 5 o'clock in the morning. Edward FitzGerald, who had persuaded a reluctant Tennyson to write out the fair manuscript for Moxon, predicted that 'with all his faults he will publish such a volume as has not been printed since the time of Keats,' though he regretted that the new poems were not published separately. No more than 500 of the 800 copies printed had been sold within four months, but Moxon considered this a 'sensation,' which was probably true both in terms of his previous Tennyson sales and the prevailing slump in the book trade. Cecilia Tennyson (1817-1909), the recipient of this copy, was the youngest but one of Alfred's ten brothers and sisters. Her marriage to Edmund Lushington (1811-1893) on 10 October 1842 was the subject of an epithalamium which forms the epilogue to In Memoriam; she had been expected to marry Arthur Hallam before his death. Hagen pp. 60-66; Wise Tennyson 12. (2)