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Mazeppa
London: John Murray, 1819. First edition, first issue, with imprint on p. [70]. Half title present. 69, [3] pp. + [8] pp ads dated July, 1819. 1 vols. 8vo. Original drab gray wrappers, uncut. Some chips from spine, slightly cocked, but internally quite clean. Very good. Byron's Heroic Poem "Mazeppa" was Byron's heroic poem on the life and adventures of Ivan Stefanovitch Mazeppa. Using Voltaire's "Charles XII" as a basis, Byron has his Mazeppa describe to Charles XII of Sweden his life. He explains why after being ennobled and well-treated by Peter the Great, he chose to change sides mid-battle when Charles XII invaded Russia. The "Fragment" at the back was Byron's contribution to that famous party in Switzerland in response to his "We will each write a ghost story." The best known of these of course being Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".
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