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    First Edition of Chesterfield's Letters

    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. In two volumes. Vol. I. [II.] London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1774. First edition, second state, with the corrected error on line 16, page 55 of Volume I. Two large quarto volumes. Approximately 11.25 x 8.75 inches. [4], vii, [l, blank], 568; [4], 606, [l, errata], [1, blank] pages. Complete with the engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I, both half-titles and errata. Wanting binder's instructions in volume I. Contemporary full mottled calf, expertly rebacked to style. Green and red spine labels on each volume, lettered in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Edges marbled. Previous owner's bookplates of front pastedown of each volume. Overall, a very good copy. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    Chesterfield was well-known among his contemporaries as a witty, urbane man of the world. The letters in this collection are to his illegitimate son, and they span a thirty year period (1738-1768), ending only with the premature death of young Stanhope. The letters attempted to inculcate both knowledge and manners and present an unmatched picture of proper British breeding and social graces. The many subsequent editions of this work attests to the high esteem in which they were held, justly earning Chesterfield's Letters a place of honor in English literary history. Rothschild 596.

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