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CUMBERLAND, Richard (1732--1811)
Memoirs of Richard Cumberland. Written by himself. Containing an account of his life and writings, interspersed with anecdotes and characters of several of the most distinguished persons of his time, with whom he has had intercourse and connexion.
London: printed for Lackington, Allen, & Co, Temple of the Muses, 1806.
[2], 533, [1] p., engr. frontis. port., [3] pl. (ports.) ; 29.8 cm. (4º)

Large paper copy. Printer's imprint of J. Wright on title-page verso and colophon. A Supplement to the Memoirs of Richard Cumberland was published in 1807 but is not present in Soane's library. The plates consist of a stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by William Evans after George Romney, and portraits of his great grandfather Richard Cumberland (1532--1718), Bishop of Peterborough, his maternal grandfather Richard Bentley D.D., Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Lord Viscount Sackville who secured Cumberland's appointment as secretary to the Board of Trade and Plantations in 1775. Cumberland was better known as a noted dramatist (q.v.). The memoirs include anecdotes of Johnson, Reynolds, Goldsmith, and Garrick. Arnott and Robinson 2659.

Copy Notes Some marginal marks of emphasis in pencil against moralising passages on pp. 235 and 241.

Binding C19th half purple calf, blind roll-tooled borders, marbled-paper boards, blind-ruled and gilt roll-tooled spine, brown polished calf spine-label. Bound by George Richmond for 4s. 6d., 3 August 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

Reference Number 714


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