Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: Canto the Fourth
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: Canto the Fourth. Byron, Lord (George Gordon) Published by John Murray, Albemarle-Street, London, 1818 First edition, xiv, [ii], 257 8vo. Bound in full straight grain Morocco, elaborately gilt boards and spine also with blind tooling, fine silk deblurs slightly soiled with age, and gold tooling on the wide margined turnins. Fore-edge painting! This volume has a beautiful fore-edge painting of the York Stairs in London. Samuel Pepys lived at the entrance to York stairs: his entrance to the Thames embankment and his transport by boat along the Thames as part of the Admiralty. You can also see Westminster Bridge in the back ground. Samuel Pepys, Britain's most famous diarist, lived from 1679-1688 as Secretary of the Admiralty in London. His diary ends in 1669 though he also wrote others at different times in his life, for example the one that records his visit to Tangier in 1683-1684. In the author's estimation, the most successful canto of his masterpiece.