First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Item #003272
London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1866. First Edition, Second Issue (see below). Rebound in marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and corners. Octavo; vii, 344p. Missing adverts at back. Front board cracked and separating 3/4 of the way down joint, likely to separate fully soon. Covers scuffed and edgeworn with bumping to corners. Front free endpaper cleanly separated but laid in. A few pages with light impressions and one with a small tear at fore-edge, but none involving text. Page binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Thomas Wise's Swinburne bibliography (entry 25) notes 24 errors printed in the earliest examples, but adds that these caught by the author and corrected, usually by cancel, in the copies released to the public. Wise also notes two other errors Swinburne caught later--an incorrect Greek letter on p. 84 and "Nor for their love" vs. "Not" on p. 90--which were also quickly corrected but are still present in this copy. Due to the book's controversial reception, Moxon withdrew the book from circulation and passed the rights to James Camden Hotten, who reissued it under his imprint later that year.
Bookplate on front pastedown of Mary Scott Townsend--daughter of and heiress to U.S. House Representative and prominent horse breeder/racer William Lawrence Scott--who built the historic Townsend House on Embassy Row here in Washington.