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    George Gordon, Lord Byron. Hebrew Melodies. London: John Murray, 1815.

    First edition, first issue (with ad for Rogers' Jacqueline followed by a six-line advertisement for Campbell's "Selected Beauties of English Poetry" as being "In the Press"). Octavo (8.75 x 5.5 inches; 223 x 140 mm.). [8], 53, [1, blank], [2, publisher's ads] pages. Complete with half-title. Additionally, bound-in at rear: [8, the half- and main titles for vols. I and II of The Works of the Right. Hon Lord Byron (London: John Murray, 1815)], [4, publisher's ads] pages.

    Full red morocco by Maclehose (stamp signed in gilt on lower rear turn-in), single-fillet border around alternating five-point star and floral semis, spine lettered and ruled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, red morocco endpapers, front pastedown with elaborate armorial ex libris stamped in gilt ("Thomas Eugene Arthur, Carrick House Library, Ayr"), top edge gilt, others uncut. Front flyleaf recto with a middle twentieth century gift inscription Light rubbing to joints and corners, with a tiny bit of loss to upper outer corner of front board, exposing interior. Overall, a very good copy.

    A lovely copy of Byron's Hebrew Melodies in a charming binding, the work contains some of Byron's finest late poetry, including the first appearance of "She Walks in Beauty."

    Wise, Byron Library, I, 103.


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