Published by John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London First Edition Thus 1926. 1926. First edition thus hard back binding in publisher's original dove white buckram covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine, black and light brown illustration on front cover of Don Juan kissing a damsel, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. 8vo. 10¼'' x 7''. In English literature, Don Juan (1819-24), by Lord Byron, is a satirical, epic poem that portrays Don Juan not as a womaniser, but as a man easily seduced by women. As genre literature, Don Juan is an epic poem, written in ottava rima and presented in sixteen cantos. Lord Byron derived the character, but not the story, from the Spanish legend of Don Juan. Upon initial publication in 1819, cantos I and II were criticised as immoral, because the author Byron too freely ridiculed the social subjects, the persons, and the personages of his time. At his death in 1824, Lord Byron had written sixteen of seventeen cantos, whilst canto XVII went unfinished. Contains (xi)-blank, 408 printed pages of text on Basingwerk Parchment paper with 93 illustrations and decorations by John Austen throughout. Light off-setting to the end papers and in Very Good clean and smart condition. This book came from the private library of the English scholar and critic, D. G. Bridson, whose smart book label is laid inside.
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