Item #260784 Beppo, A Venetian Story. Lord Byron, George Gordon.

Beppo, A Venetian Story.

London: John Murray, Albemarle-Street, 1818.

Price: $175.00

About the item

Seventh edition. [ii], 51 pp. Without ads on verso of p. 51. 1 vols. 8vo. Uncut. Restitched in later drab blue wrappers. Faintest touch of foxing to a few leaves, trifling old stains, generally a clean copy lacking the half-title. Very good. Wise pp. 125-6 (for fifth ed., first to bear Byron’s name on the title page).

Item #260784

With all its sinful doings, I must say,
That Italy’a a pleasant place to me,

Attractive untrimmed copy of Byron’s light verse tale (with numerous asides from the “broken Dandy” he styled himself), written in 1817 while he stayed in Venice, entangled in love affairs. “The complications of these amorous adventures form the source of much amusement in his letters home, but more importantly, they initiated a sequence of events that culminated in the writing of Beppo (‘in two nights’) early in October” (ODNB). It was also at this time that Byron commenced wirting Don Juan.