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BYRON, George Gordon. The Works of Lord Byron: With His Letters and Journals, and His Life by Thomas Moore. London: John Murray, 1832-33. Seventeen volumes. 12mo, early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt.

Lovely early collected edition, edited by Byron’s friend and fellow poet, Thomas Moore, with frontispieces and engraved title pages by Edward Finden. Handsomely bound by Morrell.

"Byron's fame as a poet and his notoriety as a man were one; the scandals of his life became the text or the subtext of his poetry… the heroes of the poems might be pirates or princes, but Byron's voice—the passionate sorrowing youth turned world-weary libertine—made his works instant bestsellers" (Eisler, 4). This edition contains Byron's poetry and dramas, arranged chronologically and annotated with notes from his letters and journals, and a biography by Moore. It is illustrated with intricate engravings by Edward Finden, mostly after drawings by J.M.W. Turner and Clarkson Frederick Stanfield. Finden's work was in such great demand that he produced, in co-operation with his brother William, various "galleries" of separate engravings—the first of these being based upon this series of landscape and portrait illustrations for the works of Byron. Lowndes, 338.

A fine set, handsomely bound.

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