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Poetical Works - SHELLEY Percy Bysshe - 1839. 
1839 - SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Edited by Mrs. Shelley. London: Edward Moxon, 1839. Four volumes. 12mo, late 19th-century full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. $2900.First edition of Mary Shelley's important edition of her husband's poetical works, with engraved frontispiece portrait of the poet by Finden, beautifully bound in full morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf.After Percy Shelley's death in 1822, Mary Shelley devoted herself to writing his biography and publishing his manuscripts. She first attempted to publish Shelley's poems in 1824, but his father, Sir Timothy Shelley, prevented further publication of Shelley's writings for 15 years. "In 1839, the obstacles to an authentic edition having been removed". Mrs. Shelley published what was then supposed to be a definitive edition in four volumes, enriched with biographical notes and some very beautiful lyrics which had remained in manuscript" (DNB). Lowndes, 2374. A beautifully bound set in fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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