POETICAL WORKS OF LORD BYRON. Collected and Arranged, With Notes by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Jeffery, J.G. Lockhart [et al]...With Illustrations. [With,] THE LETTERS AND JOURNALS OF LORD BYRON With Notices of His Life By Thomas Moore. Collected and Arranged with Notes by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Jeffrey, Lord Broughton et. al [THE LIFE OF LORD BYRON. With His Letters and Journals by Thomas Moore...With Portraits and Vignette].

POETICAL WORKS OF LORD BYRON. Collected and Arranged, With Notes by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Jeffery, J.G. Lockhart [et al]...With Illustrations. [With,] THE LETTERS AND JOURNALS OF LORD BYRON With Notices of His Life By Thomas Moore. Collected and Arranged with Notes by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Jeffrey, Lord Broughton et. al [THE LIFE OF LORD BYRON. With His Letters and Journals by Thomas Moore...With Portraits and Vignette].

(London: John Murray, 1873, 1876, 1854, 1860).

BYRON’S COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS handsomely presented in an elegant period binding, beautifully preserved inside and out. This is a very fine production of Byron’s great Romantic poetry printed in double column with in fine ruled margins. John Murray had a particular interest in Byron and is largely responsible for publishing and promoting the author, as this fine one volume collection attests. If not for Murray’s efforts, it may have taken Byron works years, if ever, to reach the same height of popularity and fame.
Moore’s memoir of his friend Byron, THE LIFE OF LORD BYRON, is one of the most famous literary biographies in English literature. "It was exactly the biography which that age required: by no means complete or entirely authentic, nor claiming to be so, but presenting Byron in the light in which contemporaries desired to regard him and in every respect a model of tact and propriety... the work will rank as a classic, even though its interest be less due to the efforts of Moore"s own pen than to the charm of the letters which he was the first to give to the world" (Richard Garnett in D.N.B.). Item #70046

2 volumes. The Complete and Copyright Edition of the ‘Works’, and the Complete Edition of the ‘Life’. Illustrated throughout, in both volumes with pictorially engraved frontispieces and title-pages, and many other engraved plates in each volume. The ‘Works’ with fine steel engraved portraits of Byron at different times in his life, an engraved vignette of Newstead Abbey as engraved title, both by Finden; The ‘Life’ with Finden engraved portrait, vignette half-title featuring a differing view of Newstead Abbey, four pages of autograph facsimiles of Byron's hand and a number of engraved plates being both portraits and views. Royal, thick 8vo, each volume very finely and uniformly bound in antique full polished tan calf, the covers with triple gilt fillet rules at the borders with floral corner-pieces enclosing a central gilt coat of arms featuring two rampant unicorns and a rhinoceros above a gilt medallion, the spines separated into six compartments by gilt stopped raised bands, five compartments fully gilt decorated in panel designs, bordered with double gilt fillet lines enclosing four corner tools gilt and a central gilt device, one compartment with red morocco label gilt ruled and lettered, additional gilt tooling at the heads and tails, board edges gilt decorated, gilt rolled turnovers marbled end-papers and all edges gilt. x, [1], 827; [1]; xix, [1], 735 pp. A very handsome set, fine and clean throughout, the bindings still very well preserved, clean, tight, bright and in excellent order.

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