"My hair is grey, but not with years, nor grew in white in a single night": Rare first edition, first issue of Byron's The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems

  • The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems.
  • The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems.
  • The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems.

The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems.

Item Number: 95243

London: John Murray, 1816.

First edition, first issue of Byron’s The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems with the half-title containing the advertisement for The Third Canto of Childe Harold on the verso, 4-page publisher’s catalog dated November 1816, and recto of E8 blank. Tall octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, red spine label. In very good condition.

George Gordon Byron, commonly known as Lord Byron, was an English poet and politician, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems, Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric poem, "She Walks in Beauty". Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets. He traveled extensively across Europe, especially in Italy, where he lived for seven years in Venice, Ravenna and Pisa, where he had a chance to frequent his friend the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later in his brief life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero.