Memoirs Of Horatio, Lord Walpole.
Printed, at the Oriental Press,by Wilson and Co. for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, in The Strand.
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 9 x 11.5 inches. xxiii, including 1 p. publisher's advertisements. + [i] + 486 pp. The signatures are a little erratic, however the book is complete as issued as shown by the pagination. Bound in contemporary tree calf with ornamental gilt border; spine rebacked, in compartments with gilt bands with contrasting black morocco title label, gilt. Inner dentelles. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Occasional foxing consistent with age. The plates are otherwise clean and sound but there is sometimes offsetting of the plates on to the text. Armourial bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead. Illustrated by 21 engraved portraits, including frontispiece, the majority with facsimile signatures, and by 2 genealogical tables in text. A biography of Horatio Walpole, created 1st Baron Walpole 1756, (1678-1757) based on his correspondence and papers. Walpole, diplomat and politician, educated at Eton and King's Cambridge, was the younger brother of Sir Robert Walpole, regarded as the first Prime Minister. He later served as Ambassador to France and to the United Provinces at The Hague. As a politician he sat as an MP for various constituencies,1710-56 and held office as Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Secretary for Ireland. William Coxe (1747-1828), historian, biographer and travel writer, was also educated at Eton and King's, being ordained priest 1772, holding various livings, and the position of Archdeacon of Bemerton, near Salisbury from 1786. He accompanied several noblemen and gentlemen on the Grand Tour of Europe, the subject of his publications, 1779-89. This volume is bound in uniform style with the author's Memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole, also in our stock. The copy was owned by F. E. Smith, later 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), notable barrister and Conservative politician, holding high office. He held the title Viscount (between those of Baron and Earl), 1921-22.
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