Welcome to Peter Harrington Books

Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.
Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.
Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.
Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.
(BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.) BROCKENDON, W.

Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron. ...

With Original and Selected Information on the Subjects of the Engravings.

Availability: In stock

Published: London John Murray, 1833

Stock Code: 114762

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First book edition, attractively bound. "It was William and Edward Finden's illustrations to Byron that substantially enhanced the status of their work. Following his death in Greece in 1824, their engravings sensitively conveyed to a wide contemporary audience images of Byron's life and work. Initially engaged by Byron's publisher, John Murray, to engrave a portrait of Byron at the age of nineteen by the Scottish painter George Sanders, in J. C. Hobhouse's possession, as the frontispiece to the first edition of Thomas Moore's Life of Byron (1830), William Finden went on to work for Murray on a popular edition of Moore's Life and Works of Byron which was first published in monthly parts. At the same time he conceived his own project to publish with Murray a series of landscape illustrations to Byron. Initially he gained the support of Byron's loyal friend J. C. Hobhouse, who agreed to write a text to accompany the illustrations and provided Finden with a list of subjects for illustration. Finden lost no time in commissioning drawings from Turner and other artists, but then ran into difficulties with Hobhouse, whose protective feelings towards his friend's reputation prevented him from ever publishing his recollections of Byron. Having made a heavy financial commitment towards this, his first publishing venture, and having also secured investment from Murray, Finden pressed on and began negotiations with the publisher Charles Tilt. Finden's Landscape Illustrations to the Life and Works of Byron finally appeared in fourteen monthly parts, with both Murray's and Tilt's names on the paper wrappers, from January 1832... Both the Illustrations and Moore's Life and Works created a great sensation, and led to further projects to engrave the life and works of other poets, and other works of a popular kind such as Finden's Gallery of the Graces (1832-4) after works by Sir Edwin Landseer and A. E. Chalon; Finden's Byron Beauties (1834); Finden's Portraits of the Female Aristocracy of the Court of Queen Victoria (1838-9), after portraits by Chalon, Hayter, and others; and Finden's Tableaux of National Character, Beauty, and Costume, edited by Mrs A. Priscilla Maden Watts." (ODNB.)

Confused? Read our glossary


3 volumes, octavo. Contemporary burgundy half morocco, spine gilt-tooled in compartments with titles direct, gilt rules to sides, marbled endpapers and edges.


With engraved half titles and title pages, and engraved plates throughout, 129 in all.


Illustrated bookplate of Robert J Hayhurst to front pastedown of volume one. Some light spotting to a few early and late plates, but on the whole remarkably fresh, rubbing to the corners, a sound smart set in excellent condition.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200. View Full Details


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book

Peter Harrington Limited. Registered office: WSM Services Limited, Connect House, 133-137 Alexandra Road, Wimbledon, LONDON SW19 7JY.
Registered in England and Wales No:3609982 Copyright © 2018, Peter Harrington. All rights reserved.

credit cards logo