BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

Hebrew Melodies

[with:] The Giaour, a Fragment of a Turkish Tale; The Prisoner of Chillon, and other poems; The Siege of Corinth. A Poem. Parisina. A Poem.

London: John Murray, 1815, 1813, 1816, 1816 Stock Code: 131986

"She walks in beauty"

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First editions, first issue of Hebrew Melodies, with the 4-line notice of Samuel Rogers's Jacqueline: A Tale on the verso of E4 (omitted in the second issue) and Thomas Campbell's Selected Beauties of English Poetry advertised as "In the Press"; The Giaour is of the issue printed on ordinary wove paper without a watermark.

This is a fine representative Sammelband of four works, notable for including the first issue of Hebrew Melodies, which contains one of Byron's finest lyrics, "She walks in beauty", and the oft-anthologised (and oft-parodied) "The Destruction of Sennacherib", with its opening line "The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold". Byron's Eastern narratives, the wildly popular The Giaour and The Siege of Corinth and Parisina also appear here, works "that defined and perfected the Byronic hero" (ODNB).

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4 works bound in one, octavo (215 x 128 mm). Contemporary half calf, spine with five low raised bands, gilt lettered direct and with foliate decoration filling the compartments, marbled sides, red speckled edges.


Engraved armorial bookplate (an appealing rococo anachronism) of Edward Parker of Browsholme, Yorkshire. Advertisement leaf [E8] to The Prisoner of Chillon and half-title to The Siege of Corinth discarded by the binder. Front joint split at head but sound, corners a little worn. An attractive, unrestored volume, with half-titles to the first three works.


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