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SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

Prometheus Unbound.

In Four Acts. With Other Poems.

London: C and J Ollier, 1820 Stock Code: 144509
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An attractive copy

First edition, second issue, with "miscellaneous" spelled correctly on contents leaf A3, in a handsome Riviere binding, of one of Shelley's most important works.

This lyrical drama revisits the Greek myth of Prometheus who, defying the gods, gave fire to humanity, resulting in his eternal punishment and suffering at the hands of Zeus. Inspired by the classical Prometheia, a trilogy of plays attributed to Aeschylus, Shelley's play focuses on Prometheus's release from captivity.

The "Miscellaneous Poems" section includes some of the shorter lyrical masterpieces for which Shelley is best remembered, such as "The Cloud", "Ode to the West Wind", and "To a Skylark".

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Octavo (211 x 134 mm). Finely bound by Riviere & Son in contemporary dark green crushed morocco, rebacked preserving the original spine with gilt lettering, raised bands, floral motifs in gilt to compartments, triple gilt fillets to boards, turn-ins richly gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in custom green morocco-backed slipcase, titles in gilt to spine (light wear to extremities, discreet colour touch-ups).


Bookplate of noted Virginian bibliophile Christopher Clark Geest to front pastedown. Rebacked, a hint of wear to corners, the binding otherwise sharp, without half-title and last leaf (advertisements), faint scattered foxing, else internally fresh and unmarked; an attractive copy.


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