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SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

Posthumous Poems.

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Published: London Printed for John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824

Stock Code: 131201

£2,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, first issue without the errata slip. Edited by Mary Shelley, this collection contains hitherto unpublished poems - Julian and Maddalo (with its evocation of Byron), The Witch of Atlas and The Triumph of Life foremost among the longer works - fragments and translations (from Homer, Euripides, Calderon, Goethe and Moschus), and Alastor, previously published in 1816. The collection is prefaced by Mary's moving account of her husband's life and work. Mary had difficulty finding a publisher until Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Bryant Waller Proctor ("Barry Cornwall"), Thomas Forbes Kelsall and Nicholas Waller agreed to stand guarantors for 250 copies. After publication, Sir Timothy Shelley withdrew the allowance he had made to her son Percy Florence, demanded the volume be withdrawn and the remaining 191 unsold copies be destroyed, and attempted to prohibit her from publishing P. B. Shelley's works or bringing the Shelley name to public attention again.

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Description

Octavo (212 x 129 mm). Near-contemporary black straight-grain morocco by S. Ratcliffe of Faversham, spine lettered in gilt, spine and front cover tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, green silk page marker.

Condition

Faded contemporary ownership signature to the front free endpaper; red morocco book label of the American collector, and bibliographer of Rupert Brooke, Richard Montgomery Gilchrist Potter (1898-1941). Some sporadic foxing, small marginal repair to pp. 25/6 not affecting text. A handsome, tall copy with little wear to binding, joints and hinges intact.

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