First edition of Andre Maurois' Byron; finely bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe


MAUROIS, Andre. [Lord Byron].


Item Number: 136270

London: Jonathan Cape, 1930.

First edition of Maurois’ appreciation of Byron. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, quadruple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated, tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Byron. In very good condition.

"Byron is to a far greater degree than the other romanticists the poet of humankind. He conveys with tremendous power the majesty and desolation of history, the vanity of pomp and pride, the transitoriness of fame. And he is the poet of contemporary society, keen to discern the false and the corrupt, courageous in denunciation yet with pity for the young and innocent… As a poet he mirrored brilliantly and without distortion an absorbingly interesting world" (Baugh, 1229).

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