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BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

[A Collection of Poems, including:] Hebrew Melodies; Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; The Prisoner of Chillon, Manfred, and many others.

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Published: London John Murray, 1814-18

Stock Code: 130861

£3,750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First editions of Hebrew Melodies (with the first appearance in print of "She Walks in Beauty"), Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Cantos II and IV, The Prisoner of Chillon, and Manfred, together in a highly attractive uniform contemporary binding along with early editions of Childe Harold Cantos I and II (tenth edition), The Giaour (fourteenth edition), The Bridge of Abydos (tenth edition), The Corsair (ninth edition), Lara (fifth edition), The Siege of Corinth and Parisina (third edition), Ode to Napoleon (twelfth edition), Poems on his Domestic Circumstances (twenty-second edition), Monody on the Death of Sheridan ("new edition"), Poems (second edition), The Lament of Tasso (sixth edition), and Beppo (sixth edition).
Byron proved hugely profitable for his publisher John Murray: not only did he pour out poetry at a breathless pace, but the public's appetite meant that each of these poems went through many editions. Murray capitalized on this by publishing Byron's various poems in a uniform size, a form of bibliographic branding for the poet, which had the additional benefit of readily allowing various poems to be gathered together and uniformly bound, as here. Likewise, John Murray sold engravings of Byron and his poems separately as a further revenue stream, with 14 of these engravings here extra-illustrating this set.

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Description

4 volumes, octavo (212 x 131 mm). Contemporary green straight-grain morocco, spines lettered in gilt and richly gilt to compartments, covers panelled in blind and gilt enclosing gilt garlanded lyre, red endpapers, gilt edges, green silk page markers.

Illustrations

Extra-illustrated with 14 engraved plates.

Condition

Minor rubbing to spine and around extremities, covers of vol. II lightly bowed, foxing to plates and offsets to facing pages, very occasional faint foxing elsewhere, yet overall a lovely set, contents clean, joints and hinges intact.

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