5 December 2006
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. (1792-1822). Laon and Cythna, Or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser. London: Printed for Sherwood, Neely & Jones and C. & J. Ollier, 1818.
8o. Errata leaf at end. Green morocco elaborately gilt, upper cover with a arabesque design of inlaid brown morocco, gilt floral center and corner pieces, a semé of a small floral spine in six compartments, gilt lettered in two others with an inlaid morocco arabesque design; red morocco doublures, with gilt floral design, silk linings by Wood; red morocco slipcase. Provenance: John L. Clawson (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue. On November 25, 1817, Shelley instructed Ollier to send him twelve copies of Laon and Cythna as soon as they could be put into boards. These twelve copies were probably the extent of the first issue, as Ollier, early in December, refused to publish the poem unless certain changes were made to the text. It was then that Shelley reworked the text, and Ollier issued the book with a cancel title-page and twenty-six cancel leaves. Ashley V, p.66; Forman The Shelley Library I, 49; Granniss 39-41; Hayward 227; Tinker 1894 (second issue).
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