DescriptionLord [George Gordon Noel] Byron. The Works Of Lord Byron: With His Letters And Journals, And His Life, By Thomas Moore, Esq. London: A. & R. Spottiswoode for John Murray 1832-6. Krown & Spellman retail: $1,000. Small 8vo. 17 vols. 1/2 purple morocco over marbled boards, spines banded and gilt title and volume labels in gilt on red morocco, marbled endpapers. t.e.g. by Zaehnsdorf, slight edge rubbing at extremities, else fine. No half-titles in vols 1 & 9 (as issued). All volumes with engraved frontis. and extra-title by E. Finden and others.port. (vol 1,). & foling facs.(v. 9). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
More Information: "Byron had given his manuscript memoirs to Moore in the expectation that his friend might profit from them should he survive him. Moore later sold the manuscript to Murray on the understanding that he would write a biography after Byron's death, but then questions were raised about the propriety of this arrangement, and the money from the sale was converted into a loan, with the manuscript as security. After Byron's death in April 1824 the ownership proved a matter of great perplexity, and the consequent acrimonious legal disputes ended only when agreement was reached to burn the memoirs, much to the relief of Byron's family. 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. His edition of the poetry followed in 1832-3." [Oxford DNB] CBEL II,187.
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