Very Good. Item #6074
London: John Murray, 1819. First Edition, Second Issue with p. 70 blank and publisher's imprint moved to reverse of p. 71.
Octavo; [iv], 71pp. Rebound in quarter leather and marbled boards. "Walter Hamilton Parody Collection, Oct 1886" in pen on original flyleaf, with later typed ownership label of John R. Shilling III on front pastedown. Walter Hamilton edited an anthology series of parodies of famous English and American authors.
One-inch chip to leather at tail of spine with a few other scuffs to spine just barely touching the M of the title. Lighter scuffing along joints, with a split just starting to joint at top back. Boards shelfworn with rubbing to corners. Pencil notes from a prior bookseller on front pastedown. Some flattened dog-earing to a few pages with scattered foxing throughout, but pages clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
Byron's narrative poem based on the early life of Ivan Mazeppa, a Ukrainian military leader who served in the Polish court but was, at least according to legend, strapped naked to a wild horse and exiled for having an affair.
The volume also contains the short poem "Ode" and the short prose piece, "Fragment of a Novel," Byron's unfinished vampire tale written during the same stormy writing contest at the Villa Diodati in June 1816 that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and John Polidori's The Vampyre (itself considered the first English vampire story, though based largely on Byron and his Fragment). The unfinished piece was included with Mazeppa against Byron's wishes. In 1820 he wrote to Murray, "I shall not allow you to play the tricks you did last year with the prose you post-scribed to 'Mazeppa', which I sent you to not be published, if not in a periodical paper,--and there you tacked it, without a word of explanation, and be damned to you."