Tennyson's Idylls of the King Vol. II

Elaine and Guinevere
illust: Gustave Dore
1908 Edition

Tennyson's Idylls of the King, Vol. II
Elaine and Guinevere
illust: Gustave Dore 1908 Edition


G. P. Putnam's Sons - The Knickerbocker Press, New York and London, 1908. Full-Leather. Condition: Very Good - Really Amazing for Age! Frontispiece illustration plate by Gustave Dore of Enid. First Edition. Red leather semi-soft cover with ornate gilt and spine titles with floral borders, gilded top edge. top edge, tissue intact. Pages are straight and not even tanned, looks like no one has even read this book! No marks or real damage other than a very small bump to the top front corner of the shelfback.

Elaine and Guinevere, was originally published about 1859 and although there is no date of publication in this book for sale, I have seen this exact edition quoted as being printed in 1908. The poem retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love of Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of King Arthur's Kingdom. The poem is thought to be an allegory of the social conflicts in the British Victorian Society of the mid 1860's. Part of The Ariel Books series by G.P. Putnam. List of available titles in Ariel Books format with new releases.

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