The scarce second edition of Zouch's comprehensive biography of Sir Philip Sydney. Direct from the library at Newton Hall, the 18th century country house and estate in Northumberland, with a pencil shelfmark to the front free-endpaper.
Bound in paper-covered boards, with a hand written spine.
With an engraved frontispiece of Sir Philip Sydney, by C. Warren from an Original Painting by Diego-Velasquez de Silva.
With the amorial bookplate for Samuel Edward Cook to the front pastedown.
The Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Sir Philip Sydney (1808), dedicated to Zouch's nephew William Lowther, now earl of Lonsdale, is a response in part to the unflattering character given to Sidney by Horace Walpole. Zouch depicts late sixteenth-century Europe as a Gothic world of seductive Jesuits and brutal Catholic princes, all bent upon the genocide of protestants. Sidney as diplomat and soldier stands alone amid these dangers in his uniform zeal for the reformed religion (Zouch, Memoirs of Sir Philip Sydney, 91)" -DNB.
Thomas Zouch 1737 - 1815, was a biographer and Church of England clergyman.
Samuel Edward Widdrington (formerly Cook), 1787 - 1856, was an English writer. Having served as a Captain in the Royal Navy, he lived for some years in Spain. He served as High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1854. He was a fellow of the Royal Society, and the Royal Geographical Society. By royal license he assumed the name Widdrington, and purchased the moiety in 1842. He inherited the Newton Hall estate from his father, Joseph Cook.
The binding is generally tight and firm. The hinges are cracked but still firm. There is wear to the extremities, with bumping, discloured marks, and loss to the top of the spine. Internally the pages are generally bright with scattered spots. Overall the condition is good only, with a very good interior.