Laon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City; A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser
Tinker 1894 (this issue); Hayward 227; NCBEL III, 314
by SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE
London: Printed for C. and J. Ollier, 1818, 1818. First edition, second issue with the blank second leaf, blank final leaf, and errata leaf. This issue does not contain the fly-title preceding Laon and Cythna and the leaf of publlisher's advertisements, which are known in only a few copies. Tinker 1894 (this issue); Hayward 227; NCBEL III, 314. Boards slightly worn and spotted; text somewhat foxed throughout; very good copy in the original state, enclosed in a chemise and cloth slipcase.. 8vo, original drab boards and printed paper label, untrimmed and mostly unopened. Shelley's poem on the French Revolution in its scarce unrevised state which was suppressed before publication by the publishers for fear over stanzas that mentioned incest and blasphemy. Shelley agreed to change the potentially offensive passages and Laon and Cythna was published shortly after in its revised form and under the new title of The Revolt of Islam. This 1818 Laon and Cythna was, technically speaking, never published. (Inventory #: 27203)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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