The Works of Lord Byron With His Letters and Journals, And His Life, By Thomas Moore, esq.
London, John Murray, 1832- 1833
An early collected edition of Byron’s Poetry which includes Thomas Moore’s biography and a small, but interesting, collection of Byron’s prose writings at the back of volume six. This is an excellent edition of the greatest romantic poet, for the reader, as well as the collector: well printed, with the verse well laid out upon the page yet the books of a size convenient to hold and carry.
17 volumes, complete set. Volumes 1-12 published in 1832 and volumes 13-17 in 1833.
Small 8vo. (16.5 x 10 cm). Each volume with engraved title page and frontispiece, generally a clean, crisp set, but the engraved title pages and frontispieces rather browned, with a very occasional spot elsewhere. A previous owner’s inscription on a blank leaf at the front of volume 1, and a name in pencil at the top of the title pages of some other volumes. Very occasional light creasing; a crease to the corner of the engraving in volume 4, one page in volume 7 more heavily creased and a chip in the top margin of a few pages in volume 13. One additional engraving in volume 6 and a folding facimile of a document in volumes 7 and 8, that in volume 7 rather browned with some browning to the facing page.
Bound with black leather spines and corners; the boards covered in marbled paper and matching marbled paper used for the endpapers. The title etc. in gold on the spines. The leather spines and corners very rubbed, with abrasion of the black surface, the bindings rather dry, but still solid. Five volumes with chipping and slight loss at the head or tail of the spine. The edges of the pages gilded.