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(BINDINGS - RIVIERE). BYRON, GEORGE GORDON NOEL, LORD
HOURS OF IDLENESS
Newark: Printed and sold by S. and J. Ridge, 1807. FIRST EDITION, First Issue. Hardcover. First Published Book by England's Greatest Romantic,With All First Issue Points, and in Elaborately Gilt Morocco. 181 x 111 mm (7 1/8 x 4 3/8"). xiii, [i], 187, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue. QUITE PRETTY BRICK RED MOROCCO, GILT, BY RIVIERE (signed on front turn-in), covers with wide frame of curling hairline-stemmed vines bearing clusters of berries, all on a stippled background, central panel with gilt titling and date; raised bands, expertly rebacked using original backstrip, spine compartments decorated in the vine motif, gilt-ruled turn-ins, newer endpapers, all edges gilt. Randolph, p. 9; Hayward 218; Wise I, 7. Spine slightly and evenly darker, leaves faintly browned because of inferior quality of paper, otherwise an excellent copy, the very pretty binding carefully restored, and the text smooth and fresh. This is a true first edition, with all issue points specified by Randolph, of the first collection of verse by the most important of the English Romantic poets, offered here in a very attractive binding by one of England's leading workshops. Published when Byron (1788-1824) was not yet 20 years old, the poems are translations of Virgil and Anacreon or imitations in the style of earlier poets, from Thomas Gray to Ossian, rather than wholly original works. According to DNB, the volume was "praised in the 'Critical Review'" but viciously attacked in the "Edinburgh Review," "which ridiculed the vanities of the author" as they were expressed in the work's p … [Click Below for Full Description]
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