This book contains one 369 page long poem, about a lady named Lucille. It is not an easy task to put into verso a story that seems to thread through many twists and turns around the age-old problem of love. In true mid 19th century style it is long and complicated. The fact that is has been put into poetry makes it more interesting to read. Owen Meredith, alias for Lord Lytton, was an English gentleman who served the Queen in various diplomatic positions abroad, lastly as Viceroy to India. He wrote several books of poetry, of which Lucille became the most famous. In the United States the book was published numerous times. This copy is nicely illustrated: each page has an illustrated border and there are numerous engravings. The cover also has the typical illustrated look of the books as art era, with richly decorated scrolls and lots of gold work. The condition of the book is fair: there is some damage to the cover and spine as shown,, mostly bumping and there are some small holes in the edge of the spine. There is a piece missing of the tissue covering Lord Lytton's image. There is some faint discoloration of the pages. The front cover is slightly loose. The rest of the book is tight and without odor. It is a classic and in the decorated book category.
Item ID: RLBU1490
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