London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1855. First Edition. Small Octavo. Item #028432
154 pages. The first edition lacked the original ads. July 1855 Tennyson published Maud, and Other Poems. Notable among the other poems was 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. first published in this edition. The charge, at Balaklava in the Crimea, had taken place on 25 October. Tennyson's periodical publication in The Examiner (9 Dec 1854) had stirred not only the nation but the troops to whom copies were sent. This poem of Maud or the Madness is a little Hamlet, the history of a morbid, poetic soul, under the blighting influence of a recklessly speculative age. The peculiarity of this poem is that different phases of passion in one person take the place of different characters. A beautiful and fine copy bound by Zaehnsdorf in full brown morocco decorated n gilt, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, inner gilt dentelles (signed binding) marbled endpapers with some off-setting to edges from turn-ins. No names, bookplates, or foxing. Simply, a lovely copy.