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BYRON, Major George Gordon De Luna. (Known as). A FORGED BYRON LETTER. £ 790.00

Single sheet, folded. Taped along hinge where it has been tipped into a book. 12" x 7.25". Torn at one end where the black seal has been broken. The letter is dated Ravenna - Nov 7th 1820 and addressed to The Honorable Douglas Kinnaird, Pall Mall, London, Angelterre. The letter is signed Biron. The content refers to Don Juan and alcohol and is a parody of Byron's prose style. It is stamped Ravenna and Milano. Byron was in Ravenna at that time but he dated his letters 9bre, not Nov. Marchand. Byron's Letters and Journals. Vol. 7. p. 270 - Appendix II lists this letter with the reference of Sotheby, Cat, June 10, 1909, p. 45. Ehrsam. Major Byron, The Incredible Career of a Literary Forger. Ehrsam states that Major Byron claimed that his mother was a countess, a proud member of an old noble Spanish family by the name of De Luna and that Byron married her in a secret ceremony. The Major claimed to be the child of that affair. In the 1840s Major Byron wrote to the then Lord Byron seemingly asking for financial help. He also wrote to John Murray wanting to borrow money and asking for an autograph of the poet. Ehrsam in Chapter 10 - A Volume called The Unpublished Letters of Lord Byron says that Henry Schultes Schultess-Young discovered some Byron letters at his aunt's Miss Julia Puddicombe of Tiverton, Devon around 1871. Schultess-Young fell out with his publisher, George Bentley, partly because of his questionable action in misappropriating letters and because some letters he claimed to be unpublished where already published. Bentley had printed the book but he had the majority of copies pulped. Partington also talks of this book by Schultess-Young and says that 'nineteen others were spurious - the work of the notorious forger'.

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