In Four Volumes.London: John Murray, 1823 Stock Code: 140968
NotesFirst 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.
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.
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