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Author Name    Byron, Lord; Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron

Title   The Prophecy of Dante, A Poem

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Good Minus

Edition   First American Edition

Size   16mo - over 5" - 6" tall

Publisher   Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. M. Carey and Sons 1821

Seller ID   007249

Published just after the first British edition saw light, this is the first American edition, 1821. Unstated limitation. Presumed prrinted and bound in the USA. 6 x 3.75 inches. Contemporary dark brown paper hardboards with black-stamped border design and lettering to the front and rear boards, the front board being essentially a duplicate of the title page and the rear board being adverts for recent publications. Slightly cracked front gutter and with chipping losses of the paper along the rear gutter. The boards themselves are age-darkened but remarkably clean in light of the book's age. Bumped spine head and tail and with lightly abraded corners. Hinges a little tender but the text block remains bound in. With 48 pages of text, including half title, title page, preface, main text, and notes on the text. Paper appears to be cotton rag. No missing pages. Small bookplate of previous owner pasted on to the front pastedown, "The property of Mary O. Maxwell, Lancaster, PA." Foxing throughout, especially at the preliminaries. Else a clean copy. A Good Minus copy, taking into consideration the spine losses, the semi-fragile state of the binding, and the spotting. All in all a desirable copy of a very scarce work. Especially rare in the original binding, as here. The poem's main theme is the future of art and the relationship between life and art. "The dearth of critics' attention to the poem is rather surprising in the light of Byron's judgment that it is 'very grand and worthy,' in fact 'the best thing I ever wrote, if it be not unintelligible.' Through the example and words of his character Dante, Byron reveals what it is to be a poet." [Beverly Taylor, Keats-Shelley Journal, Vol. 28.]

Price = 300.00 USD


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