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    Horace Walpole. A Catalogue of the Royal and Noble Authors of England. London: R. & J. Dodsley and J. Graham, 1759. Krown & Spellman retail: $200. Second edition. 8vo. 2 vols. [6], viii, [2], 247, [3]; [2], 250, [7] p. Full 19th c. mottled calf with gilt title on labels on spines, single gilt rule on front and back covers. a.e.g. Vol. I front cover lacking. Dayton Binder, Bath, England. Frontispiece of Earl Rivers and Caxton being presented to Edward IV. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Horatio or Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Oxford (1717- 1797), author; fourth son of Sir Robert Walpole, first Earl of Oxford; at Eton, 1727- 34, and King's College, Caimbridge, 1735-9; given various lucrative offices, 1737- 8; traveled in France and Italy with Thomas Grey, the poet, 1739-41; M.P., Callington, 1741-53, Castle Rising, 1754- 7, Lynn, 1757- 67; settled at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, which he made into 'a little gothic castle,' 1747; collected articles of vertu; established there a private press, 1757- 89, at which he printed his 'Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors,' 1758, 'Anecdotes of Painting in England,' 1762- 71, 'Catalogue of Engravers in England,' 1763, 'The Gothic Romance of the Castle Otranto,' 1764 (from a fictitious black letter original), and a description of his house and his collections, 1774 (enlarged edition, 1784), and other works (verse and prose) and editions; published 'Historic Doubts on Richard III' 1768, and 'The Mysterious Mother,' (tragedy), 1768; neglected the poet, Thomas Chatterton's, to appeal for help, 1769; gave an asylum to Catherine Clive before 1785, and to Agnes and Mary Berry, 1791; succeeded his nephew in the earldom, 1791; his Strawberry Hill collections sold, 1842; his 'Collected Works' published, 1798, his autobiographical treatises, 1805, 1859, and his correspondence, 1857- 9. ESTC t63206. Hazen 36. Lowndes 2818.

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