George Gordon Noel Byron, sixth Baron Byron (1788–1824):
The Works of Lord Byron. With his Letters and Journals, and his Life, by Thomas Moore
First complete edition. In seventeen volumes (COMPLETE)
London: John Murray, 1832-1833. Leather-bound small octavos, uniformly finely bound in 17 rubbed but solid red contemporary halfcalf with marbled boards, page edges, pastedowns and endpapers. pp. [xv], 359; 341; 376; 359; 376; 416; 319; [x], 328; [vii], 360; [xix], 316; [viii], 326; [vi], 324; [vi], 369; 360; [vi], 334; 335; [viii], 304.
English text with some words and paragraphs in Hebrew and Greek. With two fold-out facsimiles of letters, one plate, and each volume with a unique engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page with vignette, the engravings executed by William Finden (1787-1852). Bindings a bit rubbed, one volume with wear off to upper spine (see photos). Various degrees of foxing to most volumes but text blocks overall clean and all volumes tight and solid
Born 1788, an English romantic poet and peer. He was “one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement, and is regarded as among the greatest of English poets. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narratives Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage; many of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular. Lord Byron was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, later travelling extensively across Europe to places such as Italy, where he lived for seven years in Venice, Ravenna, and Pisa after he was forced to flee England due to lynching threats. During his stay in Italy, he frequently visited his friend and fellow poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later in life Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire and died leading a campaign during that war, for which Greeks revere him as a folk hero. He died in 1824 at the age of 36 from a fever contracted after the first and second sieges of Missolonghi”
This complete set of works contains: I-V. Life of Lord Byron; VI. Life of Lord Byron ; Miscellaneous pieces in prose; VII. Hours of idleness ; Occasional pieces, 1807-8 ; English bards and Scotch reviewers ; Occasional pieces, 1808-1810; VIII. Childe Harold’s pilgrimage; IX. Occasional pieces, 1811-13 ; Hints from Horace ; The curse of Minerva ; The waltz ; The Giaour ; The bride of Abydos ; The corsair; X. Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte ; Lara ; Hebrew melodies ; The siege of Corinth ; Parisina ; Domestic pieces ; Monody on the death of the Right R.B. Sheridan ; The prisoner of Chillon ; The dream ; Occasional pieces, 1814-1816; XI. Manfred ; The lament of Tasso ; Beppo ; Mezeppa ; Ode to Venice ; The Morgante maggiore of Pulci ; The prophecy of Dante ; Occasional pieces; XII. Francesca of Rimini ; Stanzas to the Po ; Stanzas ; The Blues ; Marino Faliero ; The vision of judgment ; Occasional pieces; XIII. Heaven and earth ; Sardanapalus ; The two Foscari ; The deformed Stanzas ; Lines; XIV. Cain ; Werner ; The age of bronze ; The island ; Stanzas ; Lines; XV-XVII. Don Juan.