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The Moxon Tennyson
A Landmark in Victorian Illustration

By Simon Cooke

“Well-researched and highly readable, Cooke’s richly illustrated book harmonizes two schools of illustration, deftly examines image and word, and skillfully reads the conventional and innovative aspects of Tennyson’s poetry, making a significant contribution to the growing field of illustration studies.”

Catherine J. Golden, author of Serials to Graphic Novels: The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book

A new perspective on a book that transformed Victorian illustration into a stand-alone art.

Edward Moxon’s 1857 edition of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Poems dramatically redefined the relationship between images and words in print. Cooke’s study, the first book to address the subject in over 120 years, presents a sweeping analysis of the illustrators and the complex and challenging ways in which they interpreted Tennyson’s poetry. This book considers the volume’s historical context, examining in detail the roles of publisher, engravers, and binding designer, as well as the material difficulties of printing its fine illustrations, which recreate the effects of painting. Arranged thematically and reproducing all the original images, the chapters present a detailed reappraisal of the original volume and the distinctive culture that produced it.

Simon Cooke is the editor for book illustration and design on Victorian Web. He is the author of Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s and coeditor of two collections of essays. He has published on Victorian book art, Gothic, Sensationalism, and the Pre-Raphaelites.   More info →

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978-0-8214-2426-1
Retail price: $80.00, S.
Release date: January 2021
81 illus. · 264 pages · 7 × 10 in.
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81 illus. · 264 pages
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