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BYRON, George Gordon Byron, Baron (1788--1824)
Sardanapalus, a tragedy. The two Foscari, a tragedy. Cain, a mystery. By Lord Byron.
London: John Murray, 1821.
viii, 439, [1] p. ; 21.1 cm. (8º)

First edition of three verse dramas written by Byron between January and July 1821. The third of these, 'Cain', caused a furore for its rebellion against social order and authority and its religious scepticism, and a pamphlet war followed. Printer's imprint of Thomas Davison on the verso of the half-title and on colophon. Wise II, p.32; Randolph p.75.

Copy Notes Bought from W. Boone for 13s., 4 February 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.8). Bound (1) before Henry John Todd's pamphlet attacking the publisher for the publication of 'Cain', Remonstrance addressed to Mr John Murray, 1822 (q.v.), which was purchased on the same occasion.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, black morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 8d., 26 July 1830. (Spiers Box. Binding 51).

Reference Number 1380


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