London: Saunders and Otley, 1840.
First edition. [viii], 137,  pp., with half-title. 8vo. 'Byron diluted!'. Publisher's drab boards, paper spine label. Spine worn, front joint cracked Provenance: William Stirling-Maxwell (ownership inscription on ffep, "William Sterling, London, April 16th 1840," and his marginalia in pencil throughout). Item #303135
A collection of unabashedly Byronic poems — including several "To Laura," an ode to Shelley, and the long title poem on a Greek theme. The young Baille-Cochrane (1816-1890) was at this time begining his association with the Young England movement of Toryism led by Disraeli, entering Parliament as a member for Bridgeport in 1841.
This copy with the unsparing and at times savage annotations of bibliophile and collector of Spanish art William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-1878). His comments include "Byron, Byron!" "Byron diluted!" and "Now for a little very little infusion of Sir Walter Scott into Lord Byron." Stirling-Maxwell also points out the many moments of unsteady meter and strained meaning.
A fascinating copy, showing at once the persistent influence of Byron and the Romantic generation – and resistance to Byronic tropes.
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