London: John Murray, 1812.
First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Quarto, pp. viii, 226, with facsimile Romaic letter bound in at the end. Recently re-bound in three quarter marbled goat over marbled paper boards, with green morocco spine label, spine tooled in the Greek revivalist manner. A fine, bright copy. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Byron's grand "tour of the Iberian peninsula and the Turkish dominions in the Levant produced Byron's equally famous account of that journey: the first two cantos of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, published after his return in July 1811. Here for the first time Byron projected his sense of social and cultural crisis to include the whole of Europe. The focus of his analysis is, of course, an English one, but his is an English view that transcended chauvinist, patriotic interpretations of European affairs which were current in England at the time. With this poem all the fundamental lines of Byron's thinking, if not his conclusions, are set in place."