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BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage....

A Romaunt.

Availability: In stock

Published: London John Murray, 1841

Stock Code: 131642

£2,250
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First illustrated edition, with Hanoverian provenance, from the library of Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822-1916), granddaughter of George III and by marriage Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with her crowned initials to covers, stamp to title page, and Christmas gift inscription (dated 1841) presenting the book to her when she was aged 19. Married to her German cousin at Buckingham Palace in 1843, Augusta lived predominantly in Germany (whence this book has recently emerged). Childe Harold's Pilgrimage was first published between 1812 and 1818; this first illustrated edition includes a fold out map showing the route of Byron/Childe Harold's adventure from England to Portugal, across the Mediterranean to Malta, through Greece and the Aegean islands to Troy and Constantinople. Finden's engravings "sensitively conveyed to a wide contemporary audience images of Byron's life and work" (ODNB).

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Description

Large octavo (232 x 151 mm). Contemporary brown morocco for Hatchards, spine gilt lettered direct and richly tooled in compartments, sides with concentric gilt panels and crowned initials of Princess Augusta of Cambridge, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

61 steel engravings and fold-out map, all by W. Finden.

Condition

Shelf label to front pastedown. Spine and extremities lightly rubbed, minor split at head of rear joint, minor creasing to final pages. A very good copy, handsomely bound.

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