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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Two Foscari : an historical tragedy in five acts


Creator: Lord Byron (1788-1824) (author)
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Original autograph ms, Ravenna, 12 June to 9 July 1821 52 leaves, in conjoint pairs mounted on guards: pairs numbered 1-26. Later title-page, and dedicatory note to Sir Walter Scott, bound in front
38.7 x 26.7 x 1.8 cm
XQG 1990 66
Acquirer: Queen Mary, consort of George V, King of the United Kingdom (1867-1953)
Presented to Queen Mary as Princess Victoria Mary, by John Murray, 28 May 1893.

Bound in red morocco, blind-tooled: title in gold on spine

Byron spent much of his voluntary exile in Venice, the setting for this tragedy, the trial for treason of Jacopo Foscari by the Doge, his father. It was there that he became infatuated with Theresa, Countess Guiccioli, whom he followed to Ravenna.
The manuscript, published in 1821 by John Murray, remained with Murray’s descendants until 1893, when his grandson, also John Murray, presented it to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) for her birthday, shortly before her marriage to the Duke of York. Early in the 20th century she placed it in the Royal Library.

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Additional Creators: London : M.M. Holloway (binder)