1870 1stED Maclehose Binding - Legend of King Arthur - The Holy Grail by Alfred Tennyson.
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Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson.
Title: The Holy Grail and other poems.
Publisher: London, Strahan and Co, Publishers, 1870. First Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7 " X 4.5 ".
Pages: 222 pages.
Binding: Attractive and fine binding, finely bound by Maclehose, Glasgow in red morocco, titles in gilt on spine, all edges gilt. Under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good, near fine content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing mainly on the blank page at the back of the endpaper).
The book: Very beautiful and attractive edition of The Holy Grail by Tennyson in a beautiful Maclehose binding!
In this book, the Idyll is told in flashback by Sir Percivale, who had become a monk and died one summer before the account, to his fellow monk Ambrosius. His pious sister had beheld the Grail and named Galahad her "knight of heaven", declaring that he, too, would behold it. One summer night in Arthur's absence, Galahad sits in the Siege Perilous. The hall is shaken with thunder, and a vision of the covered Grail passes the knights. Percivale swears that he will quest for it a year and a day, a vow echoed by all the knights. When Arthur returns, he hears the news with horror. Galahad, he says, will see the Grail, and perhaps Percivale and Lancelot also, but the other knights are better suited to physical service than spiritual. The Round Table disperses. Percivale travels through a surreal, allegorical landscape until he meets Galahad in a hermitage. They continue together until Percivale can no longer follow, and he watches Galahad depart to a heavenly city in a boat like a silver star. Percival sees the grail, far away, not as close or real an image as Galahad saw, above Galahad's head. After the period of questing, only a remnant of the Round Table returns to Camelot. Some tell stories of their quests. Gawain decided to give up and spent pleasant times relaxing with women, until they were all blown over by a great wind, and he figured it was time to go home. Lancelot found a great, winding staircase, and climbed it until he found a room which was hot as fire and very surreal, and saw a veiled version of the grail wrapped in samite, a heavy silk popular in the Middle Ages, which is mentioned several times throughout the Idylls. "The Holy Grail" is symbolic of the Round Table being broken apart, a key reason for the doom of Camelot.
The binder: James MacLehose and Sons was a famous bookseller, publisher, printer and binder in Glasgow in the 19th century.
The author: Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets of all time.
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