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With an Introductory Essay by Robert Browning. London. Edward Moxon. 1852. pp. 8 of adverts (uncut), vi, (ii), 165, advert leaf. 12mo. Original cloth, spine faded. Half title present. Wise p 33 (Browning). Wise p74 (Shelley). Broughton, Northup & Pearsall A182. Ehrsam. Major Byron. This is the first edition of the Browning Essay unfortunately the Shelley Letters are mostly spurious and from the pen of the forger who styled himself Major George Gordon de Luna Byron. Edward Moxon bought twenty three letters at a Sotheby & Wilkinson sale in May 1851. The vendor of the letters was the bookseller Wiiliam White who had obtained them, with other items, from G. Byron. This book is made up of Moxon's twenty three letters plus another two. Sir Francis Palgrave realised that Letter XXI to William Godwin from Florence was 'cribbed from an article by me on that city published in the QR. Even a misprint is ignorantly preserved by the fabricator of the correspondence'. and informed Moxon of this. Moxon suppressed the book and recalled copies held by booksellers. The two genuine letters are No. V to James Lawrence & No. XXIII to John Keats.

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