BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

Poetry.

Chosen and arranged by Matthew Arnold.

London: Macmillan and Co., 1881 Stock Code: 142946
£275.00

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First Arnold edition, this copy in a beautiful Ramage binding. John Ramage, one of the most desirable binders of the period, learned his craft in the atelier of Parisian binder Marcellin Lortic before setting up his own business in London in 1863. Arnold's collection of Byron's poetry was influential in establishing Byron's lasting popularity.

At the time of publication Matthew Arnold had "become a public institution, a cultural force unprecedented in Victorian England" and when in this work he "ranked Byron above Keats and Shelley, the current favourites, in the essay introducing his own selection it ensured a steady, if slow, rise in Byron's stock" (Harrison, p. 102; Jump, p. 135).

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Description

Octavo (150 x 96 mm). Contemporary brown morocco by Ramage, titles in gilt to spine tooled in compartments with 5 raised bands, frames with dot work cornerpieces in gilt to covers, board edges delicately tooled in gilt, turn-ins elaborately rolled with cornucopia design in gilt, cream moiré silk doublures, edges gilt.

Condition

Spine toned, spot to head of front board, an attractive near-fine copy.

Bibliography

Harrison, Antony H., The Cultural Production of Matthew Arnold, Ohio University Press (2009); Jump, John, A Short Guide to Byron Studies in Critical Survey (1969).

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