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The Works of Lord Byron; Poetry; Letters & Journals

By Lord Byron

1898 - London - John Murray

10.5" x 8.5"; xxiv, 502, xxiv, 525, xxi, 546, xvi, 588, x, 639, xx, 612, xvii, 458, xx, 365, xviii, 492, xvi, 453, xvi, 500, xiv, 607, xvi, 605 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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One of 250 copies the complete works of Lord Byron, signed by the the publisher John Murray, in thirteen volumes.

Lord Byron was one of John Murray the younger's most famous authors, taking his place within a formidable pantheon which included Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving and George Crabbe. Murray is famous for committing Byron's scandalous memoir to the flames, withholding it permanently from posterity.

This limited edition was published by Murray the younger's son, who also shared his name. It bears his signature to the edition page.

George Gordon Byron, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.

Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric She Walks in Beauty. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

He travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero.

Byron is considered to be the first modern-style celebrity. His image as the personification of the Byronic hero fascinated the public, and his wife Annabella coined the term "Byromania" to refer to the commotion surrounding him. His self-awareness and personal promotion are seen as a beginning to what would become the modern rock star; he would instruct artists painting portraits of him not to paint him with pen or book in hand, but as a "man of action." While Byron first welcomed fame, he later turned from it by going into voluntary exile from Britain.

Byron exercised a marked influence on Continental literature and art, and his reputation as a poet is higher in many European countries than in Britain or America, although not as high as in his time, when he was widely thought to be the greatest poet in the world. Byron has inspired works by Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Giuseppe Verdi.

Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumours of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile.

He died at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi in Greece.

With many plates of illustrations.

Collated: complete

CONDITION

In the publisher's original quarter morocco bindings, with gilt motifs to the front boards and gilt titles to the spines. Externally somewhat worn around the spines. The heads of the spines of volume V (Letters & Journals) and volumes II, IV, and VII (Poetry) are damaged, with some small loss. The loss is more serious in the case of volume IV (Poetry). The gilt titles are somewhat obscured by rubbing in the case of volume I (Letters & Journals), and volumes II & IV (Poetry). There is more noticeable marking to the boards of volume V (Letters & Journals). The text blocks are untrimmed and a little dusty as a result. Internally, generally clean and bright, and firmly bound. All volumes have their original internal ribbons. Overall: GOOD


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