Don Juan



Publisher: London, Thomas Davison & John Hunt, 1819-1824. First editions. Cantos I & II (1st 4to edition), Cantos III - XVI, (1st 8vo editions). Plus Cantos I & II, in Davison's 1823, 8vo edition. 7 volumes.
Description: 4to (26x21cms) & 8vos (16x10cms), half leather and marbled boards. Cantos I & II with new spine, backstrip (gilt in compartments) laid down, morocco titling label. Extremities a little rubbed, some foxing, else very good. Lacks `Notes' to Cantos X & XI, otherwise complete. The 8vo set with the signatures of Sir Charles Rowley, the 4to with the bookplate of Toft Hall

Byron’s last, but most acclaimed work. An epic, satirical poem, discussing and lampooning numerous issues and personalities of the day, all told through the adventures of a youthful Don Juan. There is much of Byron in Juan, and the character of the Don’s mother is supposedly based on that of Byron’s wife, Annabella Milbanke. Byron wrote fourteen stanzas of Canto XVII, but these were not published untill 1903

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