"Presented to Byron by his friend Leigh Hunt on the occasion of his exile." (1705)

ANACREON [Anacreon Teius, poet, lyric writer] [Joshua Barnes ed.] (LORD BYRON'S COPY)

Poeta Lyricus. 'Sacred Poems'

Published: Cambridge: Cambridge (Cantabrigiae) Academic Press, 1705.

Date: 1705

LORD BYRON'S copy. First edition edited by Joshua Barnes (a professor of Greek at Cambridge University). Illustrated with 3 copper engraved folding portraits (the author, the editor, and his patron John Chruchill, Duke of Marlborough). 12mo. Bound in full period calf boards ruled in blind, later respine to style. Inscribed by Leigh Hunt to Byron on flyleaf with inscription in latin regarding Byron's imminent journey to Italy, dated beginning of April 1816, with 7pp of Leigh Hunt's translations of selected odes in holograph. Housed in a full leather custom-made slip-case. The text is a study of the life and work of the Greek lyric poet Anacreon (c.582-c.485BC) and includes the drinking songs and hymns for which he was renowned. Minor edgewear, scuffing. Very good indeed, repair to front inner hinge. Internally clean, inscriptions and notes to prelims and final leaf. In 1813, as editor of The Examiner newspaper, poet and critic Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) served a two-year prison sentence for a (substantially factual) published attack on The Prince Regent; subsequent outcry and sympathy mean Hunt was afforded an opulent and luxurious cell with frequent visitors including his friend the flamboyant romantic Lord Byron. Both shared an interest in journals and quarterlies although efforts to launch a joint project were not fruitful and their friendship suffered. Later, an impoverished Hunt became increasingly dependent on Byron, who did not relish the idea of supporting the troublesome essayist; Hunt in return published 'Lord Byron and some of his Contemporaries' (1825) which questioned the idealized portraits of Byron.


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