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Baron George Gordon Byron collected papers

Ms. Coll. 386

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
Baron George Gordon Byron collected papers
Date [inclusive]:
1806-1832
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 386
Extent:
0.7 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Baron George Gordon Byron collected papers contains materials belonging to or relating to the romantic poet Baron George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), best known as Lord Byron. These materials include correspondence, writings by Byron and related materials, lithographs of Byron and Sir Walter Scott, two display albums containing correspondence and locks of hair, and Lord Byron's last will and testament.
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Baron George Gordon Byron collected papers, 1806-1832, Ms. Coll. 386, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Baron George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), commonly known as Lord Byron, was an English poet active during the Romantic movement. He is best known for his long narrative poems Don Juan and  Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric poem  She Walks in Beauty as well as his aristocratic extravagance and scandalous love affairs.

This collection includes hair samples from two of his lovers, Countess Teresa Guiccioli (1801-1873), an Italian lady whose love affair with Byron began when she was about seventeen years old and continued until Byron's death, and Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), a British aristocrat and novelist, who had an affair with Byron in 1812.

Scope and Contents

The Baron George Gordon Byron papers contains materials belonging to or relating to the romantic poet Baron George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), best known as Lord Byron. These papers are categorized into six series.

Series I includes correspondence to and from Byron. Correspondents include Henry Edward Yelverton, 19th Baron Grey de Ruthin; Francis Hodgson; Edward Noel Long; John Murray; and Count Gamba. Some of these letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.

Series II contains writings by Byron and associated papers, including "Some Observations upon an Article in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine" and a translation of Anacreon, Ode III, translation written in 1806 and printed in  Hours of Idleness.

Series III holds correspondence by people other than Lord Byron. Correspondents include Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli; Lady Morgan; Leigh Hunt; John Hunt; Lady Caroline Lamb; Thomas Moore; Sir Walter Scott; Mrs. Charles Robert Maturin. Some of these letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.

Series IV includes lithographs of Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott.

Series V contains two display albums, the first of which formerly held correspondence between Lord Byron and Lord Grey de Ruthven (removed and placed in box 1 folder 1) as well as a lock of Byron’s hair. The second holds handwritten and illuminated transcripts of letters between handwritten and illuminated copies of correspondence with Countess Teresa Guiccioli, Lady Caroline Lamb, and Count Gamba with locks of hair and portraits of Byron, Guiccioli, and Lamb.

Series VI consists of Lord Byron’s last will and testament.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 July 2

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Gift of Meyer and Hilda Emery Davis in memory of their son, Meyer Davis, February 1966.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Lithographs
  • Memorabilia
  • Writings (document genre)
Personal Name(s)
  • Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1027
Subject(s)
  • Poets, English--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence with Byron.

Box Folder

Henry Edward Yelverton, 19th Baron Grey de Ruthin, letters to and from Byron, 1808.

1 1

Francis Hodgson, letter from Byron (includes a typed transcript), 1811 October 10.

1 2

Edward Noel Long, letter from Byron (includes a typed transcript), 1807 May 14.

1 3

John Murray, letter from Byron, 1813 June [26].

1 4

Count Gamba to Byron, Byron to Count Gamba, 1821 October 19, undated.

3 16

Byron to Francis Hodgson, 1810 March 10.

3 17

Writings by Byron and associated papers.

Box Folder

"Some Observations upon an Article in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine", 1820.

1 5

Papers associated with "Some Observations upon an Article in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine," dealer's description and letter of appraisal, 1912-1913.

1 6

Translation of Anacreon, Ode III, translation written in 1806 and printed in Hours of Idleness, 1806.

1 7

Correspondence by others.

Box Folder

Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli to Lady Morgan, 1832 July 7.

1 8

Leigh Hunt to John Hunt, includes typed transcript, 1822 July.

1 9

Lady Caroline Lamb to Lady Morgan, undated.

1 10

Thomas Moore to unknown recipient, 1829 [January] 8.

1 11

Sir Walter Scott to Mrs. Charles Robert Maturin and Thomas Moore, includes typed transcripts, [1825-1828].

1 12

Sir Walter Scott to Thomas Moore, 1829-1830.

1 13

Lithographs.

Box Folder

Lord Byron, circa 1813.

1 14

Sir Walter Scott, 1876.

1 15

Sangorski & Sutcliffe display albums.

Box Item

Album formerly containing correspondence with Lord Grey de Ruthin (see box 1 folder 1 for removed correspondence), "Autograph Letter Signed to Lord Grey de Ruthven Together with Lock of Hair", undated.

2 1

Album containing handwritten and illuminated copies of correspondence with Guiccioli, Lamb, and Gamba with locks of hair and portraits of Byron, Guiccioli, and Lamb (see box 1 folders 8 and 10 and box 3 folder 16 for removed correspondence) as well as some biographical information on all three, "A Memento of George Gordon, Lord Byron, Countess Guiccioli, & Lady Caroline Lamb".

2 2

Will.

Box Folder

Last Will and Testament, Lord Byron, 1809.

3 18