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Título: The Works of Lord Byron: with his Letters ...
Editorial: John Murray, 1832-33
Año de publicación: 1832
17 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition, with all half-titles (save vols I and. IX as usual), 17 engraved frontispieces (most original tissue guards present), engraved and printed titles in each volume, and a folding facsimile, frontispieces, guards and engraved titles mildly foxed, all text remarkably crisp and clean; original dark-green moiré cloth, gilt backs, uncut, patterned endpapers (save where rebacked), all bindings rubbed at extremities, backstrips chipped at heads and tails, four volumes neatlky rebacked with old backstrips laid down, cases of four volumes loose or shaken (but all text blocks entirely sound), one volume with short split in backstrip, generally a nice, notably clean set in publisher's original binding. All volumes have title blocked in gilt at head of backstrips (this is a very early example of gilt blocking directly onto cloth) and the gilt of every volume is uniformly bright and clear. The frontispieces and title-vignettes are by Finden after various artists. This edition was originally intended as fourteen volumes, as stated on the printed titles of the first twelve volumes. 'When this Edition was first announced.the printer calculated that the whole might be comprised in fourteen volumes. While, however, the Notices of Lord Byron's Life were for the second time passing through the press, it was suggested to the Publisher, that the time had come when the Public had a right to look for such notes and illustrations to Lord Byron's text, as are usually appended to the pages of a deceased author of established and permanent popularity. These additions will extend the Work to seventeen volumes; the last of which will [and does] include a very copious and careful Index to the whole collection.' (Advertisement, vol. XIII). AN ORIGINAL COPY AND NOT, AS SOMETIMES, A MADE-UP SET. Despite the broken cases, which are wholly forgivable given the fragility of the publisher's binding which was not intended to last, this set is in very good contemporary state and has considerable shelf presence. COMPLETE SETS OF THIS NOTABLE EDITION ARE VERY SCARCE, THE MORE SO IN THIS EXTENDED FORM. Coleridge, xlvi; CBEL III, 187(2a). N° de ref. de la librería 20079
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