Recollections of the Life of Lord Byron
Signed by American author Charles Warren Stoddard, plus a bizarre bookplate
First edition, hardback bound in full-leather (repaired, please see condition below). 22 × 14cm, xcvi , 344pp.
This copy belonged to the American author and travel writer Charles Warren Stoddard (1843–1909), and has been signed by him in Washington DC in March 1892 to the ffep. Also tipped in on the ffep is a strange bookplate with the motto "The Last Political Prisoners Unconditionally Released by the United States, December 22, 1923" around an image that is open to interpretation, and a line from The Tempest below "This music crept by me upon the waters".
Full title: Recollections of the Life of Lord Byron, from the Year 1808 to the End of 1814; Exhibiting his Early Character and Opinions, Detailing the Progress of his Literary Career, and Including Various Unpublished Passages of his Works. Taken from Authentic Documents in the Possession of the Author.
Robert Charles Dallas' contentious biographical work on Lord Byron, to whom he was distantly related by marriage. The book is prefixed with "An Account of the circumstances leading to the suppression of Lord Byron's Correspondence with the author, and His Letters to His Mother, lately announced for publication."
Good condition only. The book has been rebound to the spine, with the original leather laid on. The binding is heavily rubbed and scuffed. The inner binding is tight, the text pages clean if a little tanned in places. The frontispiece of a facsimile letter from Byron is only partially present. There are pencilled note in shorthand to the rear endpaper.
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