First Printing, of 6,000 copies (one of two undetermined issuesólacking the ads, which were often discarded when the book was bound). Demy 8vo: ,53,pp. Recent chocolate calf by Fitterer, spine in five compartments divided by gilt-ruled raised bands, green morocco lettering piece gilt, boards framed with double filets and stamped with gilt lyre, marbled end papers. Virtually pristine, in a beautiful bespoke binding. Very Fine. Contains the first appearance of "She Walks in Beauty" and "The Destruction of Semnacherib." When Byron was asked to contribute the lyrics to a book of Hebrew Melodies, he was at the height of his fame. "But although he was the most popular poet of his day, he was not content to continue writing the oriental tales that sustained his public profile. Nor did he have any impetus to add another canto to Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, the poem which had made him famous in the first place. Tired of London society's seemingly endless round of balls and parties, he was courting the serious-minded and pious Annabella Milbanke, and it could be argued that Hebrew Melodies represents, in part, a concern with religious themes which derives from their conversations. . . . The collection was the subject of a wrangle over copyright between Isaac Nathan and Byron's regular publisher, John Murray. Nathan first produced a luxury edition of the words and music, containing twelve melodies. He intended to produce a second part, containing another twelve melodies, but shortly after the first part came out Murray published his own version of Hebrew Melodies, printing all twenty-four melodies and detaching the words from the music for the first time. Readers who were only interested in Byron's words and not Nathan's music could buy all the melodies in one book for a fraction of the price." (The Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Hebrew Melodies [She walks in beauty, like ...
Publisher: John Murray
Publication Date: 1815
Binding: Full Calf
Book Condition: Fine+
Edition: First Edition.
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