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    An Attractive First Edition Copy of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son

    [Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield]. 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. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1774.

    First edition, second state, with the corrected error on line 16, page 55, Volume I. Two large quarto volumes. vii, 568; 606 pages plus Errata page for the first volume; also bound into Volume II is the Supplement to the Letters dated 1787: vii, 96 pages. Portrait frontispiece.

    Bound by Birdsall of Northampton in full brown polished calf. Covers with triple fillet border stamped in black. Spines ruled in black and lettered in gilt with five raised bands. Minor rubbing to extremities. Occasional foxing and offsetting. A very few instances of light penciled underlining and marginalia. Both volumes contain three bookplates, plus the nameplate of essayist and biographer Charles Whibley. An attractive set in very good condition.

    Chesterfield, a witty and urbane man of the world, wrote this famed collection of letters to his illegitimate son over a period of thirty years (1738-1768), ending with the premature death of young Stanhope at age 36. With these celebrated letters, Chesterfield strove to impart both knowledge and wisdom whilst inculcating proper British breeding, manners, and social graces. An important - and still popular - literary classic.

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