POETICAL WORKS OF THOMAS MOORE Including His Melodies, Ballads, Etc.

Price: 350.00 USD

(Paris: Printed by Jules Didot for A. and Galignani, 1827), A VERY EARLY EDITION OF MOORE'S WORKS IN AN ESPECIALLY APPEALING BINDING. The edition, in English though printed in France, features all of the author's great works, such as; Lalla Rookh, the Epistles and Odes, the Irish Melodies, Sons and Ballads, etc. and Etc. Moore was hugely successful in his day and though now less well known then some of the other Romantics was once considered a worthy rival of Byron and Sir Walter Scott. His most famous work, Lalla Rookh, is an Oriental romance inspired by his friend Lord Byron. It was under Byron's influence that Moore chose an eastern subject, and he shut himself up for two years with a library of Oriental books to study while composing the work. Lalla Rookh was a tremendous success and made Moore an equal to Byron and Scott in contemporary English poetry. A very early edition of Moore's works, the first of Didot's Paris printings for Galignani, in the original English. With a fine engraved frontispiece portrait sculpted by Wedgwood, lyrical device on tilepage, text printed double-column within ruled frames. Large 8vo, in a beautiful binding of full dark green-black morocco, the coverss with a wide gilt-tooled border panel incorporating stylized floral designs with large floral corner-pieces, this within a multi-ruled gilt frame with outer gilt chain and round corner-pieces, the spine with gilt tooled raised bands between gilt framed compartments elaborately gilt tooled in panels in like motif, gilt lettered in one compartment and with additional gilt lettering at the foot, gilt ruled board edges lead to wide elaborately tooled gilt turn-ins echoing the style of the cover panels, a.e.g. xxii, 383 pp. A beautiful copy, the binding is pristine and immaculate and especially handsome, internally some normal occasional spotting as is typical with the paper used.

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