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BYRON, George Gordon Byron, Baron (1788--1824)
[Don Juan. Cantos 3--5]
Don Juan, cantos III, IV, and V.
London:, printed by Thomas Davison,, 1821.
[4], 218 p. ; 23.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Lord Byron. First edition in the octavo issue. The first two cantos of Byron's masterpiece, the major work of the last five years of his life, were first published, also anonymously, in 1819 (q.v.). Byron's publisher, John Murray, was initially reluctant to print the provocative "epic satire", and withheld his name from the title-pages of the first two installments published, out of fear of prosecution, but in so doing made himself and the author vulnerable to piracies. Murray finally judged the subsequent cantos so outrageous that he refused to print them and passed them to another publisher, John Hunt, who brought out cantos VI through XVI in four installments in 1823--24. Byron was working on a seventeenth canto at the time of his premature death. On the publication history of Don Juan, see Hugh J. Luke, Jr., 'The publishing of Byron's Don Juan', PMLA, 80:3 (June 1965), pp. 199--209; Leslie A. Marchand, 'John Hunt as Byron's publisher', Keats-Shelley Journal, 8:2 (Autumn, 1959), pp. 119--132.

Copy Notes Bought from Ogle, Duncan & Co. through James Moyes for 7s. 6d. ('sells 9/6'), 23 March 1822. (Archives 7/C/59). With a Prospectus (printed by Moyes) of a uniform edition of the complete works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor published by Ogle, Duncan & Co., 1820 (q.v.) bound in at the front.

Binding Original C19th blue-paper boards, brown paper spine, paper spine-label with printed title 'Don Juan, Cantos III, IV, V. 9s. 6d.'.

Reference Number 1378

Additional Names Moyes, James (1779--1838); Don Juan (Legendary character), Poetry; Ogle, Duncan & Co.; Murray, John (1778--1843); John Murray

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