The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems. Lord Byron, George Gordon.
The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems
The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems

Souvenir of Geneva

The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems.

London: John Murray, 1816.

First edition, (presumed) first state with recto of E8 (p. 61) blank and with both Murray’s list of Byron’s poems and the imprint on p. 62. [vi], 60, [ii] pp., + 2 leaves of ads dated November 1816. 1 vols. 8vo. Souvenir of Geneva. Original drab brown wrappers, uncut. Spine chipped, corners bumped, upper wrapper with mild staining, dampstain to margin of last few leaves. Randolph, p. 61; Wise “Byron” I, p. 113. Item #259725

“There are seven pillars of Gothic mold”
Byron's very free interpretation of the imprisonment of sixteenth century Genevan prelate, patriot, and historian, François de Bonivard.

During the summer of 1816, during their residence at Villa Diodati, Byron and Shelley sailed across the lake to visit the catle of Chillon. “Before he returned to Diodati, [Byron] had composed The Prisoner of Chillon” (Marchand).

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