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(COSWAY-STYLE BINDING.) BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

Poems....

Selected and arranged in chronological order with a preface by H. J. C. Grierson Litt.d.

Availability: In stock

Published: London at the Florence Press, Chatto & Windus, 1923

Stock Code: 131376

£3,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First Florence Press edition, number 100 of 260 copies printed on handmade paper, in an appealing Cosway-style binding, incorporating a fine miniature half-length portrait of Byron based on the 1813 portrait by Richard Westall. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style executed by Rivière & Son for Henry Sotheran booksellers, with miniatures mounted under glass on the cover. The paintings were originally done by Miss Currie (real name Caroline Billin Curry) who worked for J. Harrison Stonehouse at Sotheran's from about 1910. In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Miss Currie died the following year; examples such as this continued to be produced by her successors. The selection of poems was chosen by Sir Herbert Grierson (1866-1960) a literary critic and scholar who, "as a boy had been greatly taken by Byron"; poetry remaining his "great passion" throughout his life (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo (220 x 143 mm). Cosway-style binding of 20th-century blue morocco by Bayntun Rivière, title to spine in gilt, spine tooled with floral pattern in gilt in compartments, raised bands in gilt, covers and turn-ins with elaborate floral gilt tooling, front cover with portrait miniature of Lord Byron in a central oval mounted behind glass, edges gilt, moiré silk endpapers. Housed in a custom pale blue cloth slipcase.

Condition

Gift inscription from wife to husband dated 1993 to first blank. Spine faintly toned, a near-fine copy.

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