Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice [bound with] Werner, A Tragedy.

London: John Murray, 1821.

Tall octavo, missing both half-titles, 'Marino Faliero' without terminal ad.; contemporary green half morocco, gilt,

Lord Byron's influences

Attractive volume of two important works by Byron.

Attractive volume of two important works by Byron.

First edition, first issue of Marino Faliero: the Doge's speech on page 151 consists of only five and a half lines (Byron added seven new lines for the second issue) and page 154 has only twenty-one lines; in the second issue there are twenty-five lines. Set in Venice in 1355, it is the story of 'a man of talents and of courage' and, as the preface and appendix attest, of a figure who fascinated Byron.

It is bound with the first edition, first issue of Werner (without imprint or 'The End' on the terminal page). Dedicated 'To the illustrious Goëthe', it is one of Byron's most important works, and again takes as its motivation the tragedy of the great man assailed by the forces of the world. Byron notes in the preface, 'When I was young (about fourteen, I think) I first read this tale, which made a deep impression on me; and may, indeed, be said to contain the germ of much that I have since written'.

Randolph, p.73 &, p. 79; Wise, II, pp. 29-30 & 43-44.

Price (AUD): $685.00  other currencies     Ref: #2408062

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