AUTHOR: BYRON, Lord [George Gordon]
TITLE: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - Canto III - bound with - Canto IV.
PUBLISHER: London: by Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1816/1818.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION SIGNED. 1 vol., signed by Byron as "Noel Byron" to top of title-page, being the first variant of the second issue with capital L of Lettre directly beneath lui of celui-la on title page and page 67 with the word Eagle (as opposed to Falcon in the second variant), half title present and bound with the notes and the poem A Very Mournful Ballad on the Siege and Conquest of Alhama. Bound in contemporary full tan calf, covers ruled and paneled in gilt and blind, expertly rebacked to style.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Accompanied with a letter signed by Dr. Peter Beal of Sotheby's, on Sotheby's letterhead dated 13th December 1991, and relating to Lot 28 in the Sotheby's auction of 12th December 1991, and stating "We are happy to confirm our definite opinion that two of the volumes in this lot were signed by Lord Byron, using the form of his name (“Noel Byron”) he adopted after the death of his mother-in-law in January 1822. Byron's signature was subject to variation, depending in part upon the speed with which he wrote, but close comparison with a number of facsimile examples leaves no doubt in our mind that his salient characteristics are present and that there is no indication of forgery".