“Eternel spirit of the chainless Mind!”

The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems.

London: Printed for John Murray, 1816.

Price: $800.00

About the item

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, [2] pp. + [4] pp publisher’s advertisements dated November 1816. 1 vols. 8vo. “Eternel spirit of the chainless Mind!”. Original drab wrappers. Spine perished, covers worn, front cover and ffep detached, spotting and foxing to text. In custom red half morocco slipcase and chemise. Randolph, p. 61; Wise “Byron” I, p. 113.

Item #301012

Byron's very free interpretation of the imprisonment of the Sixteenth century Genevan prelate, patriot, and historian, François de Bonnivard

First publication of the celebrated poem “Darkness”.

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