Title: Byron Script Fac Simile

Date: 1825

Bibliographic Citation: “Fac-Simile of Lord Byrons hand writing, being an extract from one of his letters.” The Life, Writings, Opinions, and Times of the Right Hon. George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron. Vol. 3. London: Matthew Iley, 1825.

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Notes: This fold-out facsimile from a biography, memoirs, and miscellany collection of Byron demonstrates a hybridization of print and manuscript reproduction from the end of the Romantic period. The publishers have married ‘engraver’s hand’ (a standardized form of engraved script) with engraved reproductions of Lord Byron’s handwriting to further the volume’s aura of authenticity. The plate gives facsimile excerpts of Byron’s letter about a portrait of him by the miniature painter James Holmes, which is, incidentally, used as a frontispiece to the first volume of Life, Writings, &c. These excerpts are set in context by the editor’s commentary, presented here in the more formal engraver’s hand. This facsimile is the only surviving evidence of this letter’s existence, and is used as the copy text in the standard edition of Byron’s Letters and Journals (ed. Marchand).

Language: English

Subject: Autographs — Facsimiles.
Engraving — 19th century.
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron 1788-1824.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interactions of Script and Print in the Nineteenth Century

Exhibition Theme: Script and Print

Call Number: Y B99lw v.3

Image Identifier: Y_B991w_v.3_titlepage