English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.
London: James Cawthorn, . Slim, 8vo, vi, 54pp. Original grey/brown boards, backstrip chipped with pieces missing. Neat early ink signature (J.H. Jones?) at front. In a quarter blue morocco pull-off box, backstrip faded to brown. First edition of Byrons second book, paper watermarked E & P 1805. With the correct spelling 'Dispatch' p.5, but 'crouds' incorrectly spelled on p.14; with the correct spelling 'Author' in the fourth line of the Preface, and 'wizard's' on p.5. Wise suggests that the misplaced 'i' in dispatch was merely a printing error, and the printer would not keep the two issues separate. Wise notes copies in original boards with a printed title on the cover; this copy has plain boards. Hayward 219. Tinker 510. Wise I, 19-23. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers is a satirical poem written by Lord Byron. It was first published, anonymously, in March 1809... Byron published his first book of poetry, Hours of Idleness in 1807. It received a brutal, scathing review by Henry Brougham, published anonymously in the Edinburgh Review. That review is a classic of humiliating criticism, often published with Byron's works. Destructive as it seemed, it was probably the making of Byron's career (Wikipedia).
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