London & Edinburgh: Richard Bentley and Bell & Bradfute, 1850. 12mo. New edition. #120 in Bentley's Standard Novels series. First thus. Original stamped brown cloth, gilt to spine. Yellow endpapers promoting the series. Two pages of advertisements for the Parlour Bookcase and the Railway Library at the back. Tissue-guarded, steel-engraved frontispiece. Spine ends pushed and a little rubbed. Corner tips also slightly worn. Pencil ownership on verso of front free endpaper, 'William St. Clair, October 1984' and additional pencil note. Very good ++. Item #6265
William St. Clair (1937-2021) was a distinguished author and historian publishing, among other volumes, The Godwins and the Shelleys (1989) and That Greece Might Still Be Free: The Philhellenes in the War of Independence (1972, revised edition 2008). His note in this book points to' 'Reminiscences of Byron's first visit to Greece + Turkey pp 39ff.' and this includes Byron's swimming of the Hellespont. A nice copy.
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