London: Edward Moxon, 1848. Fifth edition. 12mo. (viii) 372pp. (2). Contemporary maroon morocco boards. Stamped motifs and lettering on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges. The front cover is missing. A signed letter from Tennyson to a friend, regarding his travel plans, dated "June 13th 1869", has been pasted onto the front free endpaper. This copy belonged to William Algernon Locker, whose ex-libris is pasted onto the second free endpaper.
The book is the fifth edition of the famed poetry collection by Tennyson, original published in 1842 and issued in two volumes. This edition of the title, was the first issued complete in one volume. The first half of the collection features work that had been previous published as "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical" (1830) and Poems (1833) -much of it significantly reedited and improved, following criticism- while the second half includes newer work that was written and unpublished in the intervening years. Includes poems such as 'Mariana', 'The Lady Shallot', 'The Lotos Eaters', 'Ulysses', and 'Godiva'. Much of Tennyson's literary reputation and fame rests on this significant publication.
Binding with front board missing, with some rubbing and chipping to corners, and to the edges of the back cover. Chipping to the tail of spine. Interior with some chipping to the edges of the front free endpaper. Some light sporadic smudges to a few pages. Starting at the gutter of interior back cover. Book block tight overall. Protected by modern mylar. Binding in poor condition, interior in overall very good+ condition. fair to vg+. Item #42109
William Algernon Locker (1863-1930) was a British journalist, writer and editor. Locker was editor of the Irish Times from 1901-1907, and assistant editor of Punch Magazine from 1915-1929.