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    Walpole, Horatio. An Answer To the latter Part of Lord Bolingbroke's Letters on the Study of History...In a Series of Letters to a Noble Lord. London: W. Richardson and S Clark, 1762. Krown & Spellman: $400. First 'presentation' edition. 4to. A2,B-2C4. 202,[1 errata],[1]p. Original blue paper boards, edge wear, sympathetically rebacked with new paper title-label, a.e.g., bookplate of Anna Murphy, minor foxing and soiling, piece torn from the inner margin of B1and adhered to a tab at B2r (tab for presentaion t.p.?). Engraved coat of arms on t.p. Signed by the second Lord Walpole on the title-page. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    The manuscript of this work was found at Wolterton after Walpole's  death and his son arranged their publication in this special edition. Bolingbroke's work also published posthumously (1752). Here Walpole , a member of Parliament in opposition to Bolingbroke's Tory party, attacks Bolingbroke's account of the last four years of the Queen Anne's reign. There are a number of copies signed by the second Lord Walpole and the title-page tab was probably a way for Walpole to sign title-pages before the book's issue.  A second edition in octavo format was issued in 1763 for sale to the general public.

    Walpole, Horatio, first Baron Walpole of Wolterton 1678-1757, diplomatist and politician. "...his mind was of no ordinary calibre, and his moral courage was, like his intellectual capacity, fully worthy of Walpole's brother. In domestic politics he was consistent, save when under the pressure of exceptional considerations affecting his party and its chief. In foreign affairs, which were the main business of his life, he was alike far- and clear-sighted, and may without hesitation be held to have been one of the most experienced and sure-footed as well as sagacious diplomatists of his times, not a few of whom were trained under his eye. Moreover, both at Versailles and at The Hague he understood how to win complete confidence in the most important quarters. He seems to have been an effective but the reverse of a fastidious speaker in the House of Commons. His writings have the merit of unmistakable lucidity, and often of argumentative strength...Horace Walpole has been far from kindly dealt with by historical writers, partly perhaps in consequence of the dicta of his amiable nephew and namesake, who described him as Ôa dead-weightÕ in his brother's ministry, and Ôone who knew something of everything but how to hold his tongue or how to apply his knowledge,Õ besides adding further amenities as to the homely style of his language and oratory (Memoirs of the Last Ten Years of George II, i. 140). But the younger Horace had in 1756 been involved in a violent personal quarrel with his uncle, in which the right seems to have been on the younger man's side. " DNB Horatio (1723-1809), succeeded as second Baron Walpole of Wolterton, and was created Earl of Orford on 10 April 1806. It is his signature that appears on the title-page. ESTC t145127.OCLC: 2290304.       



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