Notes on Captain Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byron. George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord.

Notes on Captain Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byron

London: Privately Printed, [1824]. First edition. leather_bound. 15 pages. 21.7 x 14 cm. Title with top and bottom margins replaced. "This most interesting and informative pamphlet was written by John Murray (the Second). The text was founded upon a letter addressed by Murray to `The Times,` and was privately printed towards the end of 1824. Three copies of the pamphlet are at present known to exist. One of these, the copy here described, was given to me by Lt.-Col. Sir John Murray; a second remains among the Albermarle archives." [WISE, THOMAS]. "In 1933, when Wise wrote his often incorrect bibliography of Byron and Byroniana, three copies of this pamphlet by John Murray were known, I know of of five copies, counting Wise's three. More May exist, but not many as the original printed edition probably consisted of 20 copies or less. Of these five copier, only one is likely to ever come up for sale." [See: RANDOLPH; BM18:142 (389) & CHEW, BYRON IN ENGLAND, p.211] With Francis Lewis Randolph's shelf label inside front cover pastedown. Purportedly, Murray, enraged by Byron's remarks recorded by Medwin intended to sue for libel, but refrained by exposing Medwin's gross misstatements herein. Full crimson morocco, spine lettered in gilt. Near fine. Item #21860

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