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[SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe & Mary, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, et al.]

The Liberal. Verse and prose from the South.

Availability: In stock

Published: London printed by and for John Hunt, 1822-3

Stock Code: 132609

£750
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Notes

First editions, all published, of this important but ill-fated Romantic periodical, conceived by Shelley, compiled by Byron and Leigh Hunt in Pisa after Shelley's death, and published by the Hunt brothers in London. It contains the first appearances of Byron's "Vision of Judgement" (satirizing Southey's own and incurring a suit for libel), "Heaven and Earth", "The Blues" and his translation of the first canto of Luigi Pulci's "Morgante Maggiore" (a dress rehearsal for Don Juan), as well as of Shelley's "Song Written for an Indian Air", and his translation of the May Day Night scene from Goethe's Faust. Mary Shelley also makes a notable early appearances in print with her story "A Tale of the Passions" and two essays "Giovanni Villani" and "Madame D'Houtetot", all anonymously published. The Liberal also contains original contributions by William Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt himself. This copy bears the armorial bookplates of early Romantics collector John Whipple Frothingham.

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Description

Four numbers in two volumes, octavo (208 x 132 mm). Mid-19th-century full calf, red morocco title labels to spines, spines gilt in compartments, sides bordered with double gilt rule, brown endpapers, top edges gilt.

Condition

Extremities lightly scuffed but all sound and attractive, internally clean, generally an excellent copy.

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