KELMSCOTT PRESS. TENNYSON, Lord Alfred. ~ Maud, A Monodrama.
One of 500 copies printed on Batchelor handmade paper (5 copies were printed on vellum). Decorative woodcut title page, woodcut borders and initials by William Morris. Printed in red and black in Golden type. 8vo., original limp vellum with silk ties, spine lettered in gilt, in a later slipcase.
Maud was a great money-spinner for Morris as it was specially commissioned by Macmillan & Co. who bought all 500 copies.
A tragic dramatic poem. The narrator being the unnamed lover of Maud. He kills her brother in a duel and has to flee to France where he later learns that his love, Maud, has died, probably of a broken heart. The distressed poet loses his sanity and imagines he is dead. In the last part, his sanity is restored and he leaves to fight in the Crimean War.
Some rubbing and dryness to the top left hand side of the lower cover and spine slightly darkened, a little offset on front free endpaper, otherwise very fresh internally and overall a good copy.
Booklabel of Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. on the front pastedown.