Leila; or, The Siege of Granada: and Calderon, the Courtier. By the author of “Eugene Aram,” “Rienzi,” &c. Illustrated with splendid engravings from Drawings by the most eminent artists . . .
London, Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, 1838.
8vo. Title p., xi, 400 pp. With frontispiece, 2nd engraved title p. & 13 plates. Original cloth (neatly rebacked, spine laid down).
First edition. By 1834, barely ten years after Bulwer the undergraduate was awarded the chancellor's medal for English verse at Cambridge, Bulwer the literary lion and best-seller was hailed by the American Quarterly Review as ‘without doubt, the most popular writer now living.’ In his preface to the less flamboyant edition of 1860 the author, notoriously thin-skinned, attributed the original edition’s lack of popularity to prejudice against literary works believed to be prized for their illustrations.