The curse of Minerva

Collection Data

A satire in verse about Lord Elgin and the removal of the Elgin marbles to London.
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 (Author)
Davison, Thomas (Printer)
Berg, Albert A., 1872-1950 (Former owner)
Berg, Henry W., 1858-1938 (Former owner)
Pforzheimer, Carl H. (Carl Howard), 1879-1957 (Former owner)
Huth, Edward, 1847-1939 (Former owner)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1812
Place: London
Publisher: Printed by T. Davison, Lombard-Street, Whitefriars
Library locations
Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
Shelf locator: *Pforz 558L 08
Elgin, Thomas Bruce, Earl of, 1766-1841
Elgin marbles
Sculpture, Greek
satires (literary works)
Citation/reference: Wise, T.J. A Byron Library, pages 36-37
Citation/reference: First Edition Club Bibliographical Catalogue of Byron Books 6
Citation/reference: Wise, T. J. A Byron Bibliography, I, pages 69-70
Citation/reference: Randolph, F. L. Studies for a Byron Bibliography, page 117
Citation/reference: Coleridge, E. H. Works of Lord Byron, VII, page 207
Citation/reference: Tinker Library 529
Content: The privately printed first issuance of this poem.
Content: "From an incomplete entry in Murray's ledger it would appear that one hundred copies of the First Edtion of The Curse of Minerva were printed, but the record is not sufficiently definite to be relied upon implicity. The quarto now stands as one of the scarcest of Byron's books" cf. Wise.
Content: The book was issued without a half-title; page [27] bears the imprint "Printed by T. Davison, Lombard-Street, Whitefrairs, London."
Content: Signatures: []⁴ C-D⁴ E²
Content: Pforzheimer Collection copy: Paper water-marked "J. Whatman 1810" and "John Hall 1805;" leaves uncut and unopened. -- Bound in the original slate paper boards, housed in a mottled calf pull-off case made by F. Bedford, red spine label with spine title "Curse / of / Minerva." -- Purchased by Galway at the Robert Francis Cooke sale, Sotheby's June 15-18, 1892 (cf. pencil annotation to rear pastedown); With the armorial bookplate of Edward Huth, Wykekurst Park. -- Purchased by Carl H. Pforzheimer at the Edward Huth sale, Sotheby's July 3-4, 1923, lot 209 through A. S. W. Rosenbach. -- ALs from Byron to James Stirling loosely inserted (B 0016); since removed.
Physical Description
Extent: 25, [2] pages ; 28 cm
Type of Resource
RLIN/OCLC: 36166072
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12740096
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d6cacc70-a2a2-013c-f01a-0242ac110005
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