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Letters and Journals of Lord Byron with Notices of his Life. In two volumes

By Thomas Moore

1830 - London - John Murray

11" by 8.5", 823; 670pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The first edition of Thomas Moore's fascinating publication of and commentary on the life and writings of his close friend Byron.

Includes a frontispiece to volume I, of Lord Byron at the age of 19. Painted by G. Sanders and engraved by W. Finden.

Complete in two volumes.

Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott whom Moore thought extremely highly of.

Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 25 February 1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter. There existed at first a huge animosity between Moore and Byron, provoked by taunts and invitation to duel. But when they finally met, the disputes were settled and they became very close friends. Moore was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. During his travels across Europe he briefly spent time with Lord Byron in Venice: this was to be their last meeting. Byron gave Moore his memoirs with instruction to publish them after his death as a literary executor. Moore was much criticised later for allowing himself to be persuaded to destroy Byron's memoirs at the behest of Byron's family because of their damningly honest content. Moore did, however, edit and publish Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of his Life in 1830, six years after Byron's 1824 death in Greece.

CONDITION

In half morocco bindings with marbled boards. Externally rubbed with some loss to the paper and slight loss to the leather. A decorative paper sheet has been pasted to the rear board of volume II. One hinge is failed, the others held by the cords only. Internally, volume I is firmly bound, but the binding of volume II is tender and enitrely split in places. The appendix to the rear is detached but present. Volume I is generally bright and clean, with a few scattered spots, volume II is generally bright with marks throughout. Overall: FAIR but recuable to a much nicer copy with a bit of work.


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