It is old, but pleasant to the eyes and fingers.

Front cover of poems by Byron

The textured green cover is worked in gold.

Front cover decoration, poems by Byron

The spine is decorated also and inscribed with the author’s name.

spine of Byron verse collection

Inside the front cover are finely-decorated end-pieces. It was once for sale for 2.50 (in what coin? I can’t remember how it ended up in our library) and it was once for sale in Paris.

frontpiece of Byron verse collection

The fly-leaf tells that this was a gift to Enid from Winifred on January 11, 1906. Winifred’s hand is very fine.

Inscribed fly-leaf of Byron verse collection

The title page is perhaps a bit over-wrought for modern tastes, and (unlike the rest of the pages) faded.

Title page of Byron verse collection

Finally, here is Troy by Lord Byron. The typesetting, though a hundred years old, compares favorably with what I look at day to day. As to the poem, the judgement is yours.

Troy, a poem by Lord Byron

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