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The Liberal. Verse and prose from the South
London: printed by and for John Hunt,, 1822-3. Four numbers in two volumes, octavo. Bound to a contemporary style in early 20th century tan half calf, spines gilt tooled in compartments with two black morocco title labels, marbled sides, tan coated endpapers. Extremities lightly scuffed, some very minor spotting to a few endleaves; very good condition indeed. First editions, all published, of this important but ill-fated Romantic periodical, conceived by Shelley, compiled by Byron and Leigh Hunt in Pisa after Shelley's death, and published by the Hunt brothers in London. It contains the first appearances Byron's "Vision of Judgement" (satirizing Southey's own and incurring a suit for libel), "Heaven and Earth", "The Blues" and his translation of the first canto of Luigi Pulci's "Morgante Maggiore", as well as of Shelley's "Song Written for an Indian Air", and his translation of the May Day Night scene from Geothe's Faust. The Liberal also contained original contributions by William Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt himself. This copy bears the ownership inscription (in both volumes, dated Jan 1920 in volume 1) of the highly decorated American astronomer George Ellery Hale (1868-1938), who like Shelley had a passionate interest in both science and literature.
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