(BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.) PULCI, Luigi. Morgante maggiore, 1812. - Peter Harrington Blog

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(BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.) PULCI, Luigi. Morgante maggiore, 1812.

Presented by Adam Douglas of Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Byron’s copy, annotated by him in pencil in preparation for his translation, his ink ownership inscriptions in each volume having been cut away from the titles (though the distinctive shape of his signature remains); with the contemporary bookplates of Pietro Gamba. Pulci’s romantic epic Morgante maggiore (1483), one of the major examples of the Italian tradition of ottava rima serio-comic narrative medley poetry what Byron called Pulci’s “half-serious rhymes” was to be the primary formal influence on Byron’s masterpiece Don Juan.

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