Paris: Baudrey's European Library, 1857. Engravings. First Complete Works Thus: with Illustrations & Extensive Commentary. Half leather and boards. Thick heavy Quarto [4to] (10 1/2" x 6 3/4" x 2 1/8"), black half calf with five raised hubs and gold rules on spine which separates leather from the gray cavas-covered boards, illustrated with steel-engraved frontispiece of Byron (with tissue guard) & 2 Vignette Title pages, plus 22 additional full-page images, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (a.e.g.), cxxii: The Life of Lord Byron + 954 pages. Weight: 4 pounds 6 oz. Very Good / None. Item #3620
EXCELLENT & SCARCE [supposed] First Parisian edition of BYRON'S COMPLETE WORKS, thus ILLUSTRATED with steel engravings and wonderful commentary & notes by prominent figures and intimate associates of Byron. Solid copy with all engravings (some with light foxing usually around the margins), some rubbing and light soil consistent with age, and light cracks to the joints with minimal affect on the solidity of the binding or text block.
Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron (1788–1824) was a British Romantic poet whose published works, sensational personality. and exotic-erotic adventures captured the imagination of England and Europe during his lifetime. His greatest poem, Don Juan, is a witty satirical commentary on society. His participation in the Greek rebellion against the Turkish occupation led to his death and popular enshrinement as The Poet-Genius & Dashing Martyr.