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Lot 1113: 3V Philip Dormer Stanhope LETTERS WRITTEN BY THE LATE RIGHT HONOURABLE EARL OF CHESTERFIELD 1824 Antique Epistolary Literature Correspondence Compilation Geography History Philosophy
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son; with Some Account of his Life.
Author: Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield - Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield PC KG was a British statesman, and man of letters, and wit. He was born in London to Philip Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Chesterfield, and Lady Elizabeth Savile, and known as Lord Stanhope until the death of his father, in 1726. After being educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he went on the Grand Tour of the Continent, to complete his education as a nobleman, by exposure to the cultural legacies of Classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to become acquainted with his aristocratic counterparts and the polite society of Continental Europe.
In the course of his post-graduate tour of Europe, the death of Queen Anne (r. 1702–1707) and the accession of King George I (r. 1714–1727) opened a political career for Lord Stanhope, and he returned to England. In the British political spectrum, Lord Stanhope was a Whig, and entered government service, as a courtier to the King, by the mentorship of his relative, James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, the King's favourite minister, who procured his appointment as Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Published by C. A. Hinkley
City: New York
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Book Details: The letters in these volumes were written to Stanhope's illegitimate son, Philip Stanhope (1732 - 1768), as part of his father's earnest education of his son. They were first published soon after Chesterfield's death and have since been a highly regarded guide to aristocratic behavior and interests.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes, in full leather, with gilt lettering and ruling to the spines, each have a separating board: the front boards of Volumes I, the front and rear boards of Volume II, and the front board of Volume III. The volumes display external wear, with vertical cracking to spines and spine edges, and chipping to spine extremities. The text block of Volume II is cracked between pages 170 and 171. Two armorial bookplates are present to the front endpapers of each volume, as well as a previous owner's signatures in pencil. The interiors display light toning and foxing, with occasional pencil markings.
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