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Tennyson, Alfred, Lord — J.C. Ratliff (illustrator)
ILLUMINATIONS FROM IDYLLS OF THE KING. [N.P.: N.D., CIRCA 1862]
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4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
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309
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord — J.C. Ratliff (illustrator)
ILLUMINATIONS FROM IDYLLS OF THE KING. [N.P.: N.D., CIRCA 1862]
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
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Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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Tennyson, Alfred, Lord — J.C. Ratliff (illustrator)
ILLUMINATIONS FROM IDYLLS OF THE KING. [N.P.: N.D., CIRCA 1862]
4to album (16 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.; 44.5 x 35 cm). 8 velum leaves (approximately 10 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.; 26.5 x 18.5 cm), illuminated in various colors, with manuscript text in black (recto only), mounted with gilt-edge matts; minor foxing, infrequent and minor rubbing. Full dark brown calf, elaborately tooled with multiples rules and decorative borders in blind, central vellum roundel richly illuminated; rebacked to style, corners expertly repaired. Half calf, velvet lined clamshell presentation case, spine gilt-lettered. 
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Catalogue Note

A stunning and unique collection of verse taken from Tennyson's Idylls of the King. A note accompanying the volume suggests that these leaves were used for making color-lithograph plates, and that they were later mounted and bound into this album, which was then presented to Tennyson as a memento. 

The poetry of Tennyson famously featured in Dead Poet Society (Touchstone, 1989).  In one memorable scene, the character of Neil Perry, played by Robert Sean Leonard, recites Tennyson's "Ulysses". In another scene, John Keating, played by Williams, discusses the nature of the dreams of man with another teacher, remarking: "But only in their dreams can man be truly free. 'Twas always thus, and always thus will be." "Tennyson?" his colleague asks, to which he replies: "No, Keating." 
 

Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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New York