*Our shops are open!*
Dover Street: 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Fulham Road: by appointment, 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Click for more information about safety measures in store.

BYRON, Lord.

The Works.

In Four Volumes.

London, John Murray, 1823 Stock Code: 140968

In handsome contemporary binding, with Westall's illustrative plates.

Reserve Ask us a question


First edition thus, published the year before Byron's death, here with the dramatic suite of illustrative plates by Richard Westall. Byron was a great admirer of Westall's work, on seeing his illustrations for Don Juan, he remarked; they 'are quite beautifulthe drawings are superbthe brush has beat the poetry'. Later engraved armorial book plate to verso of all front free endpapers, unidentified but incorporating the Sussex martlets and the Pevensey eagle, Brighton dolphins as supporters, surmounted with a French or Spanish count's coronet, motto "Spes fides et patientia". Well-preserved contemporary binding that presents exceptionally well.

Confused? Read our glossary


4 volumes, octavo (208 x 130 mm). Contemporary deep purple straight-grain morocco, title gilt direct to the spines, flat bands, double gilt rules, lyre devices to the first, third and fifth compartments, attractive concentric panelling in gilt and blind to the boards, the innermost blind dog-tooth roll with large fan corner-pieces, lyre and acanthus leaf centre tools, edges milled in gilt at the corners, all edges gilt, narrow gilt foliate rll to the turn-ins, Italian marbled endpapers, turquoise silk papge-markers remain attached.


Engraved portrait frontispiece of the author and 20 other plates after Westall.


Light shelf wear, the spine perhaps a touch dulled, plates and adjacent leaves browned as often, but overall very good indeed.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details



Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220

ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book