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TEMPLE, Sir William (1628--1699)
[Works. 1740]
The works of Sir William Temple, Bart. In two volumes. ... To which is prefixed, the life and character of Sir William Temple. Written by a particular friend.
London: printed for J. Round, R. Gosling, T. Woodward, S. Birt, J. and P. Knapton, J. Clarke, T. Wotton, J. Schuckburgh, H. Lintot, J. and R. Tonson, C. Bathurst, and M. Mears, 1740.
2 vols ; 35.3 cm. (2º)
I: xiv, [2], 480 p. : engr. frontis. port.
II: [8], 585, [1] p.

A reprint of the original folio edition of 1720. Temple was of a highly distinguished family and an important statesman of the seventeenth century, and at one point a member of the Privy council. He was resident ambassador in the Netherlands and partly responsible for arranging the marriage between William of Orange and Mary, the daughter of James, duke of York. After his retirement, he employed Jonathan Swift as his secretary, and was late in life much visited and consulted with by William III. The frontispiece portrait in vol. I is engraved by George Vertue after Sir Peter Lely. Each work is provided with a divisional title-leaf. The preface to 'Memoirs', the third part, is signed 'Jonathan Swift'; he is also the compiler of letters published in vol. II. ESTC t145994.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 10s., 8 July 1807. (Spiers Box).

Binding C18th calf, sprinkled covers with gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-labels. Lettered for 8d. and mended for 1s. by Edwin Hutchinson, 26 July 1830. (Spiers Box 51).

Reference Number 493


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