Childe Harolds Pilgrimage [Cantos I and II]. A Romaunt.
London: Printed for John Murray, 32, Fleet-Street; William Blackwood, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin. By Thomas Davison, White-Friars, 1812. 4to, viii, 226 pp. Facsimile of a Romaic letter bound as frontispiece; lacking advertisements. Full red levant, gilt backstrip with diamond-shaped green morocco onlay, crest with initial B, sides richly gilt tooled with borders and panels and morocco onlays; doublures of green levant, end-leaves of red watered silk, gilt edges, cloth slipcase. Very slight fading to the backstrip, occasional spotting within, a splendid copy. First edition in a handsome binding. Randolphs second variant with leaf Bb3 (pp. 189-90) in the cancelled state, with the title reading Written beneath a Picture, and p. 97, line 11 reading "vengeance forego:". Randolph notes it is doubtful the first variant was every issued as it is probable that leaf Bb3 was cancelled before publication: It is of interest to note that the copy presented by Byron to Hobhouse on March 24, 1812 is the second variant. The publication of Cantos I and II of Childe Harolds Pilgrimage made Byron an overnight celebrity (I awoke one morning and found myself famous"...). It introduced to the world the Byronic hero: passionate, brooding, arrogant, dissipated -- and completely irresistible. This copy sold at Parke Bernets Saul Cohn Sale on October 18, 1955. Randolph 19. Ashley Library I, 147. Wise Byron 26, Tinker 518.
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