Edward Moxon and Co. Publishing Firm

When Alfred, Lord Tennyson ended his professional relationship with Edward Moxon and Co. (44 Dover Street, Piccadilly) in 1869, the firm had been publishing his work for over thirty years.  Although Tennyson had good relations with Edward Moxon himself, the poet's relationship to James Bertrand Payne, Moxon's successor, was fraught with tension.  Tennyson's frustrations with Payne were rooted in Payne's commercial and financial strategies, by which the poet felt exploited.  These tensions came to a head over Moxon's publication of an ornate illustrated edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King, a venture that ultimately proved detrimental to the firm's finances and reputation. 

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Latitude: 51.508400000000
Longitude: -0.142161600000

Timeline of Events Associated with Edward Moxon and Co. Publishing Firm

Date Event Manage
1868 Published toward the end of the year.

Moxon Publishes Illustrated Idylls

In 1868 Edward Moxon and Co. published an ambitious and ornate illustrated edition of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King.  The engravings were provided by Gustave Doré, who had recently illustrated John Milton's Paradise Lost and the Bible.  Although the volume was assumed to be successful, its publication was characterized by tensions between Tennyson and James Bertrand Payne, the manager of Moxon and editor of the edition.  

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Front Engraving