Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his Son
3 of 4 vols, 1804, full leather
Thirteenth edition, 3 vols (ex 4), full leather binding with contrasting title labels to spine. 17.5 × 11cm, Vol 2: 369pp, Vol 3: 370pp, Vol 351pp + 64pp index.
Full title: Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope to his sone, Philip Stanhope esq, late Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Dresden, together with Several Other Pieces on Various Subjects.
Praised in their day as a complete manual of education, and despised by Samuel Johnson for teaching `the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing-master', these letters reflect the political craft of a leading statesman and the urbane wit of a man who associated with Pope, Addison, and Swift. The letters reveal Chesterfield's political cynicism and his belief that his country had `always been governed by the only two or three people, out of two or three millions, totally incapable of governing', as well as his views on good breeding. Not originally intended for publication, this entertaining correspondence illuminates fascinating aspects of eighteenth-century life and manners.
A nice partial set, the pages tanned a little with age and some rubbing / creasing to the leather.
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