Complete in eight volumes, bound as four. Vol. 1 - 'Childe Harold'. Vol. 2 - 'The Gailor' and 'Bride of Abydos'. Vol. 3 - 'The Corsair' and 'Lara'. Vol. 4 - 'Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte', 'Poems', and 'Hebrew Melodies'. Vol. 5 - 'The Siege of Corinth', 'Parisina', and 'Poems'. Vol. 6 - 'Prisoner of Chillon', 'Manfred', and 'Lament of Tasso'. Vol. 7 - 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Cantos III and IV'. Vol. 8 - 'Beppo' and 'Mazeppa'. Handsomely bound in contemporary black half-calf over marbled boards, with gilt lettering and decoration to the spine. The contents with marbling to the edges of the textblock and a charming and unusual contemporary ownership stamp depicting a rhinoceros to the front free endpaper of each volume. A wonderful near-fine set, with just a little rubbing to the bindings and slight cracking to the inner hinge towards the front of two volumes, although with all volumes remaining firm and tight. Internally, there is an early twentieth-century previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedowns of each volume, a little occasional foxing to the prelims and page edges, and a few old light pencil annotations to the text - otherwise the contents are clean and fresh throughout. A highly attractive and very pleasing set.
An early collected edition of Byron's works, the first five volumes forming the initial set, with volumes 6, 7, and 8 later added by the publisher to include the poet's latest writings. The bindings beautifully embody contemporary regency style, and, with their black calf spines blocked with golden lyres, form an apt covering for Byron's brooding lyrics, as he proclaimed in his first published work: 'I wish to tune my quivering lyre, / To deeds of fame, and notes of fire'.
Stock code: 16742
London: John Murray.