The Rare First Issue of Greville's Memoirs, with the Suppressed Passages About George IV - With a Clipped Signature of Greville
Charles C. F. Greville. The Greville Memoirs. A
Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV
[and] A Journal of the Reign of Queen
Victoria. Edited by Henry Reeve. London: Longmans, Green
and Co., 1874-1887. First edition of this excellent history of
these monarchs. First issue with suppressed passages about George
IV. Complete in eight octavo volumes. Volume I with a small
clipped signature of Greville affixed to front pastedown.
Finely bound in contemporary full red morocco over red marbled
boards, spines elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in
compartment, five raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endleaves.
Small royal coat of arms affixed to page  of volume I. Spines
just a bit dull, some rubbing to bindings, old book description
affixed to the blank leaf opposite the title-page of volume I,
bookplates of Frances and Jourdan Hoyt on the front pastedowns.
Still, a fine set. From a private collection from New
Sir Charles Greville was "particularly well-informed on the most secret transactions of contemporary politics, he spared no pains in completing his information, recorded it with great freshness and perfect impartiality. These characteristics, coupled with the brilliant portraits which he draws of his contemporaries, make his diaries the most important work of their kind of his generation." [DNB].
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