"A fragrant flame rose, and before as glow'd fruit, viand, blossom, and amber wine and gold": First Edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Princess; A Medley

  • The Princess; A Medley.
  • The Princess; A Medley.
  • The Princess; A Medley.

The Princess; A Medley.


Item Number: 101523

London: Edward Moxon, 1847.

First edition of Tennyson’s serio-comedic narrative poem about the heroic Princess Ida. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and ruling to the panels stamped in blind. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

Regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age of poetry, English poet and dramatist, Alfred Lord Tennyson succeeded William Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850 and remains one of the most popular English poets. The Princess; A Medley tells of a beautiful and accomplished princess who forswears the world of men and founds a women's university where men are forbidden to enter. Several later works have been based upon the poem, including Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Princess Ida.

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