Beaux And Belles Of England Beau Nash.
The Grolier Society.
Written by oliver goldsmith together with the comedy of beau nash, by douglas jerrold. also, beau fielding, by grace and philip wharton. edition de luxe limited to one thousand copies.
8vo. 6.25 x 9 inches. xvi + [ii] + 312 pp. Title page in red and black. Bound in original half maroon morocco over brown boards, gilt; spine in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt. Marbled endpapers. Deckled edges with top edge gilt. Occasional spotting, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 5 plates, protected by tissue guards with red captions, including colour frontispiece. Decorated by initials. Richard 'Beau' Nash (1674-1761) was the famous arbiter of taste and fashion who was Master of Ceremonies at the spas of Bath, from 1704, and Tunbridge Wells, from 1735. The biography by Oliver Goldsmith (c.1730-74) was first published in 1762. Douglas Jerold (1803-57) was a Victorian playwright, journalist and contributor to Punch, who was famous for his wit and coiner of the name Crystal Palace for the 1851 Great Exhibition structure. Robert 'Beau' Fielding (1650/51-1712) had a reputation as a womaniser at the court of Charles II, was released form imprisonment as a supporter of James II in 169,7 and became notorious for his bigamist marriage to Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, former mistress of Charles II.
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