London: Strahan and Co., Publishers, 1870. [Arthurian Legend] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (18 x 12cm), pp. 222 . Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine. Brown endpapers. Heavy pencil ownership to first blank. Rubbing to cloth, small split to top of lower joint. Very good. Begun in 1859, Tennyson's classic exploration of the legend of King Arthur 'The Idylls of the King' originally consisted of four poems titled 'Enid', Vivien', 'Elaine' and 'Guinevere', building to a total of 12 poems by 1885. This collection introduces four new poems to the cycle: 'The Holy Grail', 'Pelleas and Ettarre', 'The Coming of Arthur' and 'The Passing of Arthur;' and also features seven other miscellaneous poems. Item #55409
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