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CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of (1694--1773)
[Letters to his son. 1776]
Letters written by the late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to his son, Philip Stanhope, Esq; late envoy extraordinary at the Court of Dresden. Together with several other pieces on various subjects. Published by Mrs. Eugenia Stanhope, from the originals now in her possession. In four volumes. The seventh edition. ...
London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1776.
4 vols ; 17.3 cm. (8º)
I: xvi, 352, 56 p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [4], 355, [1] p.
III: [4], 376 p.
IV: [4], 364 p.

First published in 1774 (q.v.). Despite harsh criticism from Dr Johnson, and others, the work was immensely popular and went through 27 editions between 1774 and 1800. The portrait frontispiece engraved by Joseph Collyer is from an original model by Isaac Gosset. Some of the letters are in French or Latin and are followed by an English translation. The index to the four volumes, including the miscellaneous pieces at the end of vol. IV which continue the numbering sequence of the letters, is at end of vol. I. ESTC t136182.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on each title-page John Soane / 1778., the 'e' added after 1783. The front pastedown of vol. III inscribed in pencil, possibly by Soane, with some calculations for la poste and bonnemain (i.e. a tip). At the end of vol. IV on the rear pastedown in pencil, not in Soane's hand: In Bavaria there is a difference of 9 kreutzers in a florin - i.e the austrian florin is worth 9K more in Bavaria. A tsechin ought to be worth 5 florins 9 Kreutzers but passes for 5 florins in Bavaria. Bookseller's hieroglyphs in ink on vol. I front pastedown.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 742


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