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Manuscripts of 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage', a poem by Lord Byron; with a fair copy of the same., 1810-1817.

Identifier: MSS.43324-43329

Scope and Contents

Byron’s poem 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' was first published in 1812 by John Murray, and was an instant success. Following the publication, the poet wrote in his diary: 'I awoke one morning and found myself famous'. It was this poem which first raised his profile as a major poet of the Romantic era.

Each of the four cantos of the poem is represented, with especially significant holdings relating to cantos III and IV. The manuscripts are mostly in the hand of Byron, but a fair copy of canto III is in the hand of Claire Clairmont. There is also a printed copy of the 5th edition (1812) of the poem, with corrections and insertions by Byron, which is after the manuscripts.


  • Creation: 1810-1817.


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The manuscripts are arranged in the order of the cantos of the poem, I-IV. The annotated printed copy of 5th edition is after the manuscripts.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
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