12mo. in sixes, pp. , 60, [*59]-*60, 61-, *163-*164, 165-260; soiling to B4, L2-5 loose, otherwise a very good copy, untrimmed, in the original pink boards, half of spine worn away down to the stitching and cords (but perfectly sound); bookseller’s ticket ‘Sold by J. Wright, Newark’ and stamped ‘Newstead’ on front free endpaper.
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First edition of the first collection of verse by the manager of Sadler’s Wells, including a section of songs from his ‘most approved’ pantomimes and ‘scenic’ productions. The ticket of a Newark bookseller makes it likely that the stamp ‘Newstead’ refers to Byron’s ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, but not necessarily in his lifetime. Colonel Thomas Wildman, who purchased Newstead Abbey in 1818, also collected a substantial library.
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