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1 Tennyson, Alfred Lord IN MEMORIUM
London C. Kegan Paul & Co 1880 Hardcover Very Good 
Parchment Library Series; Contents clean and tight in original binding of cream art vellum with lettering in red and black, endpapers mildly toned, colophon of intertwined tree of science and tree of life on front board and titlepage. Beautifully printed by The Chiswick Press under the direction of Charles Worthington II; bound by Burn and Company; engraved frontispiece portrait of Tennyson; top edges gilt, other edges uncut. A charming edition of Tennyson's work. Charles Kegan Paul initiated the Parchment Library Series in 1880. He declared: 'The intention of this series was to present in thoroughly good paper and print some of the most distinguished English classics, and we certainly set the fashion of really beautiful books." "The series began with editions of two particularly popular poems by Tennyson... IN MEMORIAM and THE PRINCESS both appeared in the small and compact Parchment Library format that became familiar. Each edition was about sixteen by 10 centimetres in size, printed on good paper with the wide margins and untrimmed edges that Paul preferred. The titles were printed on the title-pages in red-capitals, followed by names of authors and editors in black and then by the 'Arbor Scientiae; Arbor Vitae' mark. ... The binding was limp "parchment antique" and the selling price was 6s 0d. " The Publishers' Circular described the Parchment Library Series as "a series of books which, whether as single volumes or in a set, will always be certain to please a cultured taste. The style in which they are produced makes them beautiful to the eye, and a very wise discrimination has marked the choice of the volumes honoured with a place on the list." The Chiswick Press was founded by Charles Whittingham I (1767-1840) in 1811. In 1838, the management of the Press was taken over by the founder's nephew Charles Whittingham II (1795-1876). C. Whittingham II, who published some of the early designs of William Morris, started to revive old typefaces and improve the quality of printing. Subsequently, The Chiswick Press became very influential in English printing and typography. 
Price: 44.95 USD
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2 Tennyson, Alfred QUEEN MARY - A Drama
London Henry S. King & Company 1875 Hardcover Very Good 
278 pages; Former owner's name on half-title Florence Lathrop (from Mamma / Christmas 1875). OCLC: 569682 Florence Lathrop Field Page, the widow of Henry Field (brother of retailer Marshall Field), married Thomas Nelson Page on June 6, 1893. Later that year, the couple moved to Washington, D.C., where Page dedicated himself to writing and lecturing on Virginia’s history and the old social order (an idealized version of it). Both Mr. and Mrs. Page became active in the social and political life at the Capital. Eventually, under Woodrow Wilson, Page served as U.S. ambassador to Italy for six years between 1913 and 1919. His book entitled Italy and the World War (1920) is a memoir of their time there. Note on provenance: this book is part of a group of books acquired from descendants of the Page family in Washington. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 14.96 USD
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London Strahan and Company 1870 Hardcover Near Fine 
222, (2) pages; Former owner's name Lydia Gray Warder/ June 1870, otherwise clean and tight in bright green cloth binding with bright gilt lettering at spine, boards have decorative Greek key borders in blind. "All rights reserved" notice at the foot of the title-page. Publisher's advertisement on verso of half title. Includes four "Idylls of the King," part of Tennyson's Arthurian cycle A lovely copy of this book ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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