London: The Art-Union of London, 1863. First edition. Softcover. Oblong Quarto. Portfolio with 17 plates. Original red cloth spine over printed aqua paper wrappers, with black lettering on front cover. The publication is a portfolio of 16 original illustrations by Paolo Priolo, plus an initial introductory plate, from the Art-Union of London. Each drawing features an engraved scene taken from Tennyson's "Idylls of the King", measures 8" x 10", and features a caption underneath. As revealed in the introduction Priolo's work was chosen as part of a public contest held by the Art-Union. Front cover with an inscription "John Warren, from Sir Royston". Portfolio with some light smudges, rubbing and spotting to covers. Front cover includes a contemporary inscription in pen to the previous owner. Interior with light foxing to plates throughout, often times lightly affecting images. Binding and interior in overall g- condition. g-. Item #42076
John Byrne Leicester Warren, 3rd Baron de Tabley (26 April 1835 – 22 November 1895) was an English poet, numismatist, botanist and an authority on bookplates. He was a close friend of Alfred Lord Tennyson.