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    Percy Florence Shelley: Shelley and Mary., (no publication information, likely 1882), three volumes, 1243 pages, brown paper wrappers with red and black lettering on front panel, uncut pages, 8vo (5.5" x 8.75"). Marked on front cover of each volume "For Private Circulation Only".

    Percy Florence Shelley was the fourth and only surviving child of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley. Like his father, he attended Eton and Oxford, although he lacked the same intellectual passion of his parents. Upon the death of his grandfather, he acceded the baronetcy in 1844. His wife, Lady Jane St. John, came to oversee the establishment of the Victorian reputations of Percy and Mary Shelley. Percy and Jane had no children, but adopted Jane's niece Bessie Florence Gibson. Bessie married Leopold James Yorke Campbell Scarlett - Lord Abinger, making the Scarletts/Abingers heirs to the Shelleys.

    Here, Percy Shelley writes from Shelley House, Chelsea Embankment, January 1st, 1882, at the beginning of Volume I: "These volumes, containing 1243 pages, have been prepared for the press by Lady Shelley, with the object of preserving from destruction the precious records in her possession. They comprise all the letters and other documents of a biographical character at present in the hands of Shelley's representatives. This book cannot be regarded as final or exhaustive, for the correspondence of Shelley and Mary Shelley was varied and copious, and it is probable that even the present extensive collection may receive additions which will ultimately render it complete." These three volumes contain letters written by Mary and Percy as well as by others concerning the Shelley's affairs. Included are daily journals and lists of books read by each. The books are in good condition, with creased spines. Spines and edges of front and back covers are sunned, and the entire front cover of Volume I is sunned. Each volume has the same pencil marks in the top corners of the front cover. Minor chipping on spine of each volume. Edges of pages irregularly cut. Textblocks tight. Each volume is inscribed on front free endpaper "9th August 2004 To Betty, with sincere thanks for all the help you have given to my family, Jamie (Lord Abinger)". A wonderful set of rare Shelley-related books. From the Betty Bennett Collection.


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