Memoirs Of The Life And Administration Of Sir Robert Walpole, Earl Of Orford.
Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, in The Strand.
THREE VOLUMES. FIRST EDITION. 4to. 9.25 x 11.5 inches. Vol. I,  + xxxii + , including Additional Corrections, +764 pp. +  pp. Index and additional errata.; Vol. II, xxiii + [i] + 703 pp.; Vol. III, xii + 622 pp. +  pp. publisher's advertisements and errata. Bound in contemporary tree calf with ornamental gilt borders; spines rebacked in compartments with gilt bands with contrasting black morocco title labels, gilt. Inner dentelles. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Occasional foxing consistent with age. Armourial bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead. Illustrated by engraved portrait frontispiece, folding genealogical table and by 4 facsimile plates of signatures and handwriting. A primary source for the career of Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745), considered to be Britain's first Prime Minister. Walpole, a Whig politician, was an MP from 1701-12 and from 1713-42. Although he held high office during the reign of Queen Anne, he fell from power, was impeached by the Commons and imprisoned in the Tower for six months. With the Hanoverian succession of 1714 and the ensuing Whig ascendancy, Walpole flourished again and from the period 1721-42 simultaneously held the offices of First Lord of the Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House of Commons, thus coming to be regarded as the de facto Prime Minister, an office subsequently linked to that of the First Lord of the Treasury. The two volumes of letters are not confined to the Walpole family (especially his brother, Horatio and son, Horace) but also include numerous other political correspondents. William Coxe (1747-1828), historian, biographer and travel writer, was educated at Eton and Cambridge and was 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 Horatio, Lord 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. (ESTC T133960). THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE
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