Shelley Memorials: From Authentic Sources
SHELLEY Lady Jane eds. (1859)
£200.00 [First Edition]
Edited by Lady Jane Shelley (Shelley's daughter in law). Frontispiece of Shelley's tomb. First edition. 8vo., later half green morocco binding over marbled boards. Gilt spine in 6 compartments, top edge gilt, with marbled endpapers. London, Smith, Elder & Co.
Edited by Shelley's daughter in law. The Shelley archive was inherited by Lady Jane and Sir Percy Florence Shelley after Mary Shelley's death. Lady Shelley took particular interest in ensuring that the legacy of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley were protected. Percy Bysshe Shelley's reputation in particular came under threat during the second half of the 19th century as biographers discovered the more scandalous episodes of his life, particularly in his treatment of his first wife Harriet.
The pair commissioned Thomas Jefferson Hogg, who was a friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley, to write a sympathetic biography, but quickly put a stop to further publication having been outraged by the inaccuracies. After this experience they decided to publish an edited version of the poet's letters and papers, being this volume.
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