• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron (1788-1824). The Prisoner of Chillon and Other Poems. London: John Murray, 1816.

    Price Realised  

    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron (1788-1824). The Prisoner of Chillon and Other Poems. London: John Murray, 1816.

    8o (224 x 141 mm). 4-page publisher's advertisements dated November 1816 at end. Uncut in original drab paper wrappers (a few chips at spine ends); blue cloth folding case.

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with E8 recto blank. Byron's 392-line narrative poem chronicles the imprisonment of a Genevois monk, François Bonivard, from 1532 to 1536. Byron was inspired to write the poem while sailing on Lake Geneva with Shelley in June 1816. Wise Byron I, p. 113.


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