London: John Murray, 1821. Hardcover. In the third of the plays in this volume, Byron tells the Biblical story of Cain and Abel by writing from Cain's point of view; it engendered a strong public reaction, and was considered blasphemous, with readers calling for its suppression. Sardanapalus is set in ancient Nineveh and relates the fall of the the last Assyrian king; it inspired the famous Delacroix painting of similar title in which the doomed king lounges around while his numerous sexy concubines are murdered; what a guy! The third play is set in 15th century Venice and is based on the downfall of doge Francesco Foscari.
8vo, viii, -439pp, pp. A bit of toning to margins of title page. A later binding ca. 1900, three quarter brown leather and gray paper covered boards, gilt title at red spine label. Corners a bit rubbed, spine ends a bit chipped, otherwise a pleasant copy. OCLC: 25057616. Good + overall. Item #22935