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    Grove, Joseph. The Lives Of All The Earls and Dukes Of Devonshire, Descended from the Renowned Sir William Cavendish, One of the Privey Counsellors to King Henry VIII. Illustrated With Relections and Observations on the most striking Passages in each Life: Interspersed With some Particulars of the Lives, Characters, and Genealogies of several Great and Eminent Men, their Contemporaries; To which is added A short Account of the rise, Progress, and Present State of the High Court of Chancery. London: for the Author, 1764. Krown and Spellman Retail: $300. First edition. 8vo. a3, b4, A-Mm4, Nn2, *A2, *B-*P4, *Q2, A2, B- H4, I2, àA4, àB1. [2], iv, vii-xiv, 8, 4, 272, 120, 64, 10. 1/4 recent calf, blue marbled boards, vellum corners. Banded spine, title in gilt lettering. All edges red. Moderate browning and foxing, with occasional dampstain. Marginal notations made in lead throughout. Lacks a4 (pp.v and vi). Rough edges on D3 and D4. Clean tear on Ee4. Engraved frontispiece portrait of William III Duke of Devonshire, executed by Gove himself. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Grove, Joseph (d. 1764), biographer. "Grove practised as an attorney and amassed considerable wealth. After his retirement from the practice of the law Grove wrote a number of historical works which made little impact either on contemporaries or on subsequent historians. He had a passion for adorning his books with copperplates, which from their unintentional comicality serve to relieve the heaviness of the text. His principal work was The History of the Life and Times of Cardinal Wolsey (1742). This was followed by several further essays on Wolsey and a biography of the Cavendish family, The Lives of All the Earls and Dukes of Devonshire (1764)." [Oxford DNB]   ESTC n11157. Lowndes 951. Geneaology. English History. Biography.

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