Physical description

A damaged dark green fabric covered book of Tennyson's Poems with the title printed in gold in an elaborate decorative style at the top of the front cover. At the bottom written in gold lettering is Harper's Complete Edition - Illustrated. The spine has Tennyson's Poems in a gold lined rectangle at the top and Harper's at the bottom. Inside on the title page is printed - The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson Poet Laureate. Numerous illustrations, publisher details and 1871 with a head and shoulder black lined illustration of Tennyson. Opposite, the frontispiece shows an illustration of a man rowing a small boat past a castle on the hillside with a woman who has died lying in it shrouded by a lace coverlet.The Contents page lists his many varied works with a list of additional poems printed exclusively in this edition. At the back is a Harper Brothers' List of new Books, brief outlines of Draper's History of the American Civil War and Winchell's Sketches of Creation. p. 250.

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Inscriptions & markings

On the right side of the front endpapers is written in beautiful black ink copperplate script " Presented to Peter Gibson, by his sincere friend D. Jackson. Dec 6th 1870" Some small grey pencil lines and words are written occasionally throughout the book.


A Harper's Complete Illustrated collection of Tennyson's poems with Additional Poems at the back of the book.