The Liberal, Verse and Prose from the South (London: John Hunt, 1822, 1823), second edition, two volumes, Volume I: 399 pages, Volume II: 377 pages, full red calf banded leather with gilt lettering on spine, marbled endpapers, and gilt decoration on inside edge, top edge gilt, 5.5" x 8.5"). Leigh Hunt moved to Italy to collaborate with Byron and Shelley on the publication of The Liberal. Byron's poem "Vision of Judgment", appeared by mistake in its uncorrected state and without the preface in the opening issue of The Liberal. It appears again in this second edition with the author's corrections and preface. The "Vision" was deemed to have libelous content and John Hunt, the publisher, was imprisoned. In addition to the contributions by Byron, there are many first appearances in print of Shelley's separate poems as well as several pieces by Hazlitt. Many of the remaining articles in prose and verse were by Leigh Hunt. The set here is in very good condition, with some sunning of the spines, rubbing to the head and tail of each spine, and minor rubbing to the corners and edges. A poem from a newspaper has been glued to the back flyleaf of Volume II. A truly beautiful set of prose, poetry and essays from the Shelley circle. From the Betty Bennett Collection.

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