LETTERS WRITTEN BY THE LATE HONOURABLE PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE, ESQ; LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN. VOL I & II.
Stanhope, Phillip Dormer.
London: Eugenia Stanhope, 1774. 1st ed. 2 vols., 568, 606 p., boards, slipcase, clean pages with some foxing and slight toning throughout Very Good Hardcover A book of correspondence by the 4th Earl of Chester, most of them addressed to his son advising him on topics such as etiquette and classical literature, collected and published in a printed set by Eugenia Stanhope, Philip Stanhope's wife. Several that originally appeared in French are followed by their English translation. The first dated letter is 19 June 1738, the final one being 17 October 1768 about a month before Lord Chesterfield's death. Features two original letters laid in, one before the title page of each volume. The first, dated 6th November 1747, was written in defense of Richard Ulah after his "notorious insult" to lawyer Thomas Burdus. The addressee is not clear from the document and it is not recorded in Eugenia Stanhope's compilation. The second letter, also without proper addressee, is in French and dated 12 August 1764. It is a brief letter filled with niceties about fraternity and shared interests. An addendum includes various musings on a number of topics. Volume one contains a portrait of the late Earl of Chesterfield, referenced in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge as the "writer who should be his country's pride". Chesterfield is also commonly credit with commissioning the first Chesterfield sofa. Well preserved with only light foxing. Gilded edges on all sides and housed in a slipcase covered in ornamental paper. (Item ID: 161202)