With Bauzonnet's receipt

BYRON, George Gordon Lord

The Works by Lord Byron, including the suppressed poems. Complete in one volume

Publication: Didot for Galignani, Paris, 1831.

BYRON, George Gordon Lord, The Works by Lord Byron, including the suppressed poems. Complete in one volume

Fine Didot edition of Byron in a Bauzonnet binding, ‘doublée’, with the binder’s receipt bound in.

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First complete collection of Byron’s works in a luxury binding by the famous French binder Bauzonnet, with his signed receipt bound in and dated 1832: an uncommon example of Bauzonnet’s work before his succesful association with Georges Trautz. Antoine Bauzonnet (1795-1892) began his career working in Paris as a gilder for Jean-Georges Purgold and a apprentice to René Simier – two major French binders of their time. Around 1829, Bauzonnet took over Purgold’s workshop, and hired Georges Trautz in 1833, who later became his partner and in 1851, a head of the atelier after Bauzonnet retired. Francisque Cuzin and then Émile Mercier would be the subsequent binders of this workshop that ran until the Second World War.

After the first edition published in 1826, Galignani included here a new portrait of Byron, engraved by James Hopwood the Younger. They kept the fold-out facsimile of a letter from Byron to Galignani denying authorship of Polidori’s “Vampire”, and a detailed biography of the poet by J.W. Lake, whose ‘Life of Lord Byron’ was also published in a separate edition by Galignani in 1826.

This lovely production was printed by Jules Didot Senior (1794-1871), from the 4th generation of the famous family of French publishers. Famous for his invention of round-edged initials, Jules Didot took his printing presses to Brussels and founded the Royal Printing House there in 1825.

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Octavo (23.7 x 15.3 cm). Half-title, frontispiece with a portrait of Lord Byron by Hopwood on china paper laid down, title with vignette, [1] p. notice of the publishers, xl including toc and life of Byron, 768 pp., with 6 lithographed plates after Johannot and a lith. facsimile of a letter, handwritten note from the binder at end and contemporary handwritten note loosely inserted.


Contemporary full straight-grained green morocco by Bauzonnet, flat spine and covers with numerous gilt rules, spine lettered in gilt, red morocco doublures with rich geometrical gilt pattern, turn-ins with gilt rules,moiré silk fly leaves with gilt rule, all edges gilt.


Rebacked retaining original spine, edges slightly rubbed, corners a bit bumped; occasional minor foxing, heavier on tissue guards but plates usually fresh, edges a bit browned, binder’s note creased, with long closed tears anciently backed with paper and fold split anciently repaired with sellotape.

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