Waltz. An Apostrophic Hymn. By Horace Hornem, Esq.

London: Printed by S. Gosnell … for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1813.

Price: $12,500.00

About the item

First edition. 27, [1] pp. 4to. Full red morocco gilt by Riviere, spine gilt-lettered. Joints starting, some rubbing, bottom and fore-edge uncut; title-page lighty soiled, some light foxing. Ashley 1:149-50; First Edition Club/Byron 7a; Hayward 220; Wise I:71-72. Provenance: William Waldorf, Viscount Astor (armorial bookplate).

Item #305343

This poem was for Byron something of an experiment, which is why he adopted a pseudonym. After a rather lukewarm reception, Byron disowned the poem entirely. A small cache of uncut copies was discovered at some time in the mid-19th century, and most surviving examples, including this one, are from this source.