1832. London: John Murray, 1832.
6 vols. Sm. 8vo. Engraved frontis. and additional engraved title in each vol. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, backstrips decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt, plain endpapers. Bindings rubbed and worn at extremities, engraved plates toned but otherwise a clean, sound copy. Signatures of M.L. Stent and A. Stent on front free endpaper in each vol.
§ Moore's Life of Byron in six volumes, first published as Letters and Journals of Lord Byron in 1830, and usually found as the first six volumes in the 17 volume, Works of 1832 (it is possible this is a partial copy of that set). The six volumes contain Moore's entire biography of Byron; vol VI. includes also "Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose," and one additional engraved plate (Hucknell Church). The frontispieces and title-vignettes are by Finden after various artists.
"[Despite the destruction of the manuscript of Byron's memoirs] Moore none the less remained the best qualified person to write a definitive biography and to edit Byron's poetry. He went diligently in search of materials, and received an abundance of letters and anecdotes from those who had known the poet. The title, Letters and Journals of Lord Byron (1830), distracts attention from the skill with which Moore constructed his portrait. 'Biography', he told Samuel Rogers, 'is like dot engraving, made up of little minute points, which must all be attended to, or the effect is lost' (Letters, 2.608, 21 April 1828). Moore did attend to them, and his biography remains indispensable for students of Byron." (DNB). Item #124677