This copy of Poems is from the collection of Leacroft family, Burgage House, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. During the years 1803–07, Byron frequently visited his mother, who was then living in Southwell. He made the acquaintance of the Leacroft family and became especially to the daughter, Julia Leacroft and her brother John. Julia and Byron began a flirtation; and in 1806, Byron included the poem "To Julia" in Fugitive Pieces. By the next year a scandal of erupted which put an end to the friendship. It is rumored that John Leacraft even challenged Byron to a duel. Byron and the Leacrofts terminated their association quickly; and Byron renamed his poem written to Julia as "To Lesbia."
An important association copy of Byron's scarce second book. The present copy was purchased in our sale of the Library of John M. Schiff in 1990; since that time, only two other copies have appeared at auction.
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