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THE LIBERAL
The Liberal. Verse and prose from the South. Volume the first.
London: printed by and for John Hunt, 1822.
xii, 164 p. ; 20.7 cm. (8º)

Volume one only. A short-lived literary periodical founded by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and James Henry Leigh Hunt, and printed by the latter's elder brother, John. The failure of the publication may be credited to Shelley's unexpected death in July 1822, a few days after James Leigh Hunt and his family arrived in Italy, and to Byron's subsequent loss of interest. Four serial numbers appeared between September 1822 and July 1823. Volume one was published without the preface to 'The Vision of Judgment. By Quevedo Redivivus.', i.e. Lord Byron, attacking Robert Southey's poem of the same name, published in 1820. The preface was published in a so-called 'Second Edition' in 1823 (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bought from T. & W. Boone for 5s. on 15 October 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.7). A pencil inscription by Spiers on the table of contents states that the article 'Rhyme and Reason, being a new Proposal respecting Poetry in Ordinary' is by Lord Byron. Spiers refers to the weekly periodical The Museum (q.v.), 19 October 1822, containing a review of The Liberal in which (p. 405) 'Rhyme and Reason' is attributed to Byron. Bound with a copy of Knight's Quarterly Magazine, vol. II., January--April 1824 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Liberal &c &c'., later numbered '25' in a series of pamphlet volumes. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 6d. on 28 Feb. 1832. (Archive 7/16/29, bookbinding).

Reference Number 4181


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