Hard Cover. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906. Very Good.
First edition thus. Two volumes. Finely bound by Stikeman & Co. in three-quarter brown morocco and light pink and gray marbled paper-covered boards, with five raised bands to spines, ruled and decorated in gilt to boards and spine compartments, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, light pink and gray marbled endpapers. A very good set, with exterior hinges expertly reinforced, front free endpaper reattached in Vol. I, minor chipping to heads of spines, sturdy and attractive overall. A lovely set. Don Juan is a satirical epic poem tale that, although unfinished, is widely considered the author's masterpiece. In this poem, which takes the form of a picaresque verse, Byron transforms the legendary libertine Don Juan into a naïve and easily seduced youth. Throughout the poem, Byron criticizes many of the political leaders, religious figures, prominent writers, and social conventions of his time. According to his letter to John Murray on August 24, 1819, Byron did not want to be credited for writing Don Juan, claiming that publishing a satire anonymously "helps what fun there may be." Notably, Don Juan remained unfinished as Byron died after writing only fourteen stanzas of the incomplete Canto XVII.