Monday, August 6, 2012

Admiration (Byron's) for His (Samuel Rogers's) Genius

Samuel Rogers (1763-1855)
 In case you were wondering...

The wording in Melville's dedication of Moby-Dick to Nathaniel Hawthorne
"IN TOKEN
OF MY ADMIRATION FOR HIS GENIUS"
 is strictly traditional.  The nearest and best known model has to be Bryon's 1813 dedication of
The Giaour


TO
SAMUEL ROGERS, ESQ.

AS A SLIGHT BUT MOST SINCERE TOKEN
OF ADMIRATION OF HIS GENIUS;

RESPECT FOR HIS CHARACTER,
AND GRATITUDE FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP;

THIS PRODUCTION IS INSCRIBED BY

HIS OBLIGED 
AND AFFECTIONATE SERVANT,

BYRON. 

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