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    Great Collection of Shelley-Related Books, Most Edited by Mary Shelley and Published by Edward Moxon. Edward Moxon, 1801-1858, was a British poet and publisher. In 1826, he published a volume of his own work, The Prospect, and other Poems. In 1830, Moxon started as a London publisher on New Bond Street. The first volume he produced was Charles Lamb's Album Verses. Moving to Dover Street, Piccadilly, Moxon published an illustrated edition of Rogers's Italy, for which £10,000 was spent upon the illustrations. Wordsworth entrusted him with the publication of his works from 1835 onwards, and in 1839 he issued the first complete edition of Shelley's poems and continued to publish many of both Percy and Mary Shelley's works.

    Some passages in Shelley's Queen Mab resulted in a charge of blasphemy being made against Moxon in 1841. The case was tried, the jury returned a guilty verdict and the offensive passages were expunged. Moxon continued to publish Robert Browning, Richard Monckton Milnes, Tom Hood, Barry Cornwall, Lord Lytton, Browning and Alfred Tennyson. This lot offers three titles published by Moxon's publishing firm, in addition to a wonderful book of Shelley memorials.
    The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Edited by Mrs. Shelley, (London: Edward Moxon, 1857), three volumes, 12mo (4.5" x 7"), green cloth binding with decorative blind-stamping on the boards, and gilt lettering on the spine. Mary Shelley dedicated this collection to Percy Florence Shelley, progeny of herself and Percy Bysshe Shelley. All volumes display shelf wear to the head and tail of the spine and edges, with bumped corners. Volume I: 376 pages, boards and spine all but detached, foxing present on front flyleaves to the title page and on the back few pages. Otherwise, the textblock is fairly free of foxing and tight; Volume II: 432 pages, textblock clean, with mild foxing on a few pages. Binding is tight; Volume III: 386 pages, followed by a one-page advertisement, front hinge starting to separate, with previous owner's pencil notations on front endpapers. Textblock is tight, and fairly free of foxing.
    Richard Garnett: Relics of Shelley, (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1862), 191 pages, followed by two pages of advertisements, with eight pages of advertisements in front, 12mo (4.5" x 7"), blue cloth, with gilt lettering on the spine edges of boards and spine sunned, corners bumped, head and tail of spine bumped, textblock clean, previous owner's handwriting on half title page, dated 1862.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley: Essays, Letters, from Abroad, Translations and Fragments, Edited by Mrs. Shelley, (London: Edward Moxon, 1852), two volumes, 16mo (4.5" x 6..875), blue cloth binding with decorative blind-stamped bordering on boards, gilt lettering on the spine. Both volumes display shelf wear to the head and tail of the spine and edges, with rubbed corners and boards. Back hinge on both volumes starting. Textblock on both volumes very clean. Volume I: 259 pages; Volume II: 293 pages.
    Shelley Memorials: from Authentic Sources Edited by Lady Shelley,, (London: Henry S. King & Co., 1875), 290 pages, third edition, followed by 35 pages of advertising, indigo cloth binding, with black and gilt decorative stamping, and gilt lettering on spine. The head and tail of spine lightly bumped, corners bumped and rubbed, both hinges starting. The textblock is clean and bright. From the Betty Bennett Collection.


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