"GRACEFUL, DELICATE, AND TENDER": DORÉ'S THOMAS HOOD, WITH NINE LARGE FOLIO STEEL-ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS
(DORE, Gustave, illustrator) (HOOD, Thomas). Thomas Hood [Poems]. London: Moxon, Son, & Co., 1878. Large folio (12-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches), publisher's green pebbled cloth gilt, all edge gilt.
Early edition of Gustave Doré's illustrated poems of Thomas Hood, with nine full-page folio steel-engraved illustrations after designs by Doré, one of only two books he illustrated with steel-engravings.
"There were two sides to Hood's poetical character, either of which would have given him distinction; but his great and unique reputation rests upon the performances in which they appeared in combination. As a poet in the more conventional and restricted sense he was graceful, delicate, and tender" and "as a humorist he was exuberant and endowed with a perfectly exceptional faculty of playing upon words" (DNB). "Evidently Moxon switched to Hood in 1869 because they had lost the rights to Tennyson's works. Doré's engravings are okay, but the poems he was supposed to illustrate were so disjointed that they have little meaning as a set of engravings" (Malan). First published in 1870. Malan, 279.
Clean and near-fine in the publisher's decorative cloth-gilt.