[TENNYSON, ALFRED LORD, AND JOHN KEBLE.] Idylls of the King and Morning. [England, c.1870]
17 leaves with original watercolor illumination, silver and gilt heightening, including 21 miniatures, over lithographed text (on about 14 pages), on heavy card paper, large 4to, period full red morocco gilt. Mild soiling, without tissue guards, inconspicuously rebacked, light rubbing to binding edges.
Splendid example of "a whole cluster of works produced in Britain between the 1860s and the end of the century, when hand-illuminators heeded the call of Ruskin, Humphreys, De la Motte, and others for renewed devotion to this art..." (Beckwith Victorian Bibliomania p 70). The design is by Ellen A. Keele and signed by her in lithograph on the final text leaf. There are three leaves which appear to be freehand watercolor, one with monogram "FBC" and one "Annie."