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Book - 'Lara: A Tale by Lord Byron', The Art Union of London, England, 1879 Document Reg. No: HT 22503

Leather bound book 'Lara', a tale by Lord Byron. Written in 1814, this edition with illustrations by C B Birch was published by The Art Union of London in 1879.

The sixth Baron Byron, George Gordon Byron - generally known simply as 'Lord Byron' (1788-1824) - was a leading British poet of the early nineteenth century and a prominent figure in the British Romantic movement. He was a prolific writer and is still regarded as one of the great figures of British literature. He died at the relatively young age of 36, after having contracted a fever while serving in the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832).

The Great Britain Court at the Melbourne International Exhibition was the largest in the entire exhibition. Arranged in the central annexe and nave of the Exhibition Building were displays of pottery, porcelain, decorative objects and fancy goods, books, prints and stationery, furniture, carpets and paper-hangings, carriages, weighing machines and industrial hardware and raw and processed goods. The exhibits were collectively estimated to value one quarter of a million pounds.

The display of British books and stationery was particularly impressive. 'Books in glass cases and on shelves, maps on partitions, pens laid out in circles and diamonds on tables, packets of envelopes and notepaper enclosed in glass, and great webs of newspaper in rolls, occupy a strip of the British court', the Argus Exhibition Supplement wrote. 'The books are not placed there to be read, few even to be handled. Most of the volumes are beautifully bound. If they lie open, it is to show how clearly they are printed, on excellent paper, and how capitally they are illustrated.'
Red leather bound book 'Lara' by Lord Byron with illustrations by C B Birch. Published by Art Union of London 1879.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr Will Twycross, 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 306 mm (Height), 407 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, royal exhibition building, poetry, publications
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, John Twycross Melbourne International Exhibitions Collection
Secondary Classification: International Exhibitions
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Author: Lord George Byron, England, 1814
Publisher: Art Union of London, London, England, Great Britain, 1879
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Collector: Mr John Twycross, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, 1880
References: 'The Courts/ Great Britain/ VIII. Books and Stationery', Argus Exhibition Supplement, Thur., 9 Dec 1880, p.52.

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