London: John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1926. Illustrated edition. Finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Gilt and morocco labels to spine, with boards elaborately stamped in blind. All edges brightly gilt. Gilt stamped turndowns and floral endpapers. Some light spotting to spine. Light offsetting from turndowns to preliminaries. Internally bright and fresh, featuring 93 illustrations by John Austen. A pleasing copy.
Byron’s unfinished epic poem adapts the Don Juan legend. Rather than featuring the Don Juan figure as a lothario, Byron’s version of Don Juan portrays the famous figure as a man easily seduced by women. This inversion affords Byron the chance to hone his satire as Don Juan traverses the world through his relationships with women. Its first cantos were published anonymously, roundly criticized as immoral, and massively popular. Byron died in 1824 before he could finish the great satire. Near Fine (Item #3118)