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PARRY, William.

The Last Days of Lord Byron:...

with the Lordship's opinions on various subjects, particularly on the state and prospects of Greece.

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Published: London Printed for Knight and Lacey; and Westley and Tyrrell, Dublin, 1825

Stock Code: 129586

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Notes

First edition of this excellent record of Byron's final days. William Parry (1773-1859) travelled to Greece as an artillery officer in the crusade for independence. There he met Byron, who enjoyed his company, and employed him as his adviser and occasional amanuensis. Parry saw Byron frequently during his fatal illness, and it was Parry who heard his last words. Parry's book was fiercely loyal to Byron and highly critical of members of the Greek Committee, leading to fierce controversy, attacks on Parry's character and subsequent libel cases. The book's publication showed the public's fascination for the great literary celebrity, and indeed, indicates the cult-like status he had acquired among his admirers.

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Description

Octavo. Uncut in the original boards, printed paper label to spine.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece and 3 hand-coloured plates.

Condition

Contemporary ownership signature to title page and jottings to front pastedown. Discreet repair to joints and spine backing, small patch of insect damage to half-title. An excellent copy in the fragile original boards.

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