Lot 32
  • 32

Byron, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
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  • Autograph letter signed, to John Taylor
  • ink on paper
returning "the enclosed" (no longer present), dismissing a satirical attack on him ("...I wish him [i.e. the author] joy of his zealous loyalty..."), and advising him to publish "the compliment and the attack" together, 1 page, 4to, 13 Terrace Piccadilly, 27 October 1815, integral address leaf, remains of guard on address leaf

[with:] C.G. Byron, the poet's mother, autograph letter signed, to "Sir", on Byron's reaction to the famous negative review of his publication, Hours of Idleness, in the Edinburgh Review ("...he abuses himself worse than the Edin. Reviewers, he says if I have any regard for him I never will mention his Poetry to him more as he wishes to forget it, as a schoolboy it was well enough, but as a man he has done with it forever..."), 8 pages, 16mo, Thursday 13 [March 1808]

Catalogue Note

Two letters revealing very different responses by Byron when attacked in print. John Taylor was the proprietor of the newspaper, The Sun. The review in the Edinburgh Review, which is here revealed by the poet's mother as having had a devastating effect on her son, inspired English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809).