London: Charles & James Ollier, 1822. FIRST EDITION. Hardback. Stunningly bound First Edition of the poet's verse drama celebrating the Greek revolution against Turkish rule and reiterates the political message of LAON AND CYTHNA -- that the struggle for human liberty can be neither totally defeated nor fully realized, since the ideal is greater than its earthly embodiments.
An absolutely glorious production bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full bright green leather with highly elaborate floral designs in shining gilt, raised bands with gilt floral compartments -- an altogether stunning work of bindery art to house a Shelley high spot.
Ex Libris bookplate of famed late nineteenth century New York socialite Lillian Stokes Gillespie. Item #10363