byron bound in greece.
BYRON, Lord. The Works. With his Letters and Journals and his Life by Thomas Moore. London, John Murray, 1832-33.
Small 8vo. 17 volumes. Near contemporary half calf over mottled cotton, spines with raised bands, each volume with two black morocco lettering-pieces, gilt-stamped floral ornament in the other compartments, marbled edges and endpapers; each volume with an engraved frontispiece and vignette title after Turner, Stanfield, Finden and others, some of these are foxed; light wear to extremities, else a very nice set.
An early John Murray-published complete 17-volume set of Byron's works with an interesting provenance: bought as part of a lot of memorabilia (miniature paintings, one portrait of the Maid of Athens, Theresa Macri, drawings) from Byron's circle in Athens, which was supported by Colonel Charles Napier, short before Byron's tragic death in Missolonghi. The binding is rather unusual and has probably been made in Greece for the British expats lingering on in recently founded modern Greece under the Bavarian King Otto, who had been 'shipped in' by the Royal Navy, alongside Bavarian civil servants, office equipment, stationery and probably binders and book binding tools. The floral ornament used on the spines resembles very much the Southern German, still Baroque-influenced ornamentation applied by Bavarian book binders. The tool, the Bavarian staff took with them dates probably from the late 18th century. At least two volumes have a contemporary collector's stamp T. Carew in the margins of the first text leaves of a few volumes.