1821 Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice An Historical Tragedy In Five Acts With Notes The Prophecy of Dante, A Poem
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First Edition, Leather Binding
The first edition, second issue of this work in a half calf binding, known as Randolph's scarcer Variant A of this issue. With Doge's speech to page 151 forming 11 lines, and page 101 being misnumbered 110 (Randolph, p.73; Wise II.30.).
Ink inscription to the title page.
'Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice' is a blank verse tragedy by Byron, inspired when he was looking at portraits of the Doges in Venice in the Palazzo Ducale, and saw that the portrait of Faliero had been blacked out. Byron's play is set in Venice in 1355, with Faliero having been recently elected as Doge of Venice, and follows Faliero through is failed coup d'etat and subsequent execution. Including the poem 'The Prophecy of Dante'.
In a half calf binding. Externally sound, with bumping to the boards and extremities. Joints are splitting, with the leather of the backstrip lifting to the head and tail of the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are spotted throughout.
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