By Charles C. F. Greville; Henry Reeve
London   Longmans, Green, and Co
9" by 6" 424; 384; 432; 406; 435; 513; 315; 326pp
A Hatchards bound first edition of Greville's monumental series of journals, an in-depth study of the reigns of three monarchs.
By Charles C. F. Greville; Henry Reeve

1874-1887 The Greville Memoirs

London   Longmans, Green, and Co
9" by 6" 424; 384; 432; 406; 435; 513; 315; 326pp
A Hatchards bound first edition of Greville's monumental series of journals, an in-depth study of the reigns of three monarchs.
£1,600.00
: 15kgs / : 906F45

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Description

A complete first edition set.

Present here are: volumes I, II, and III published in 1874; volumes IV, V, and VI published in 1885, and volumes VI and VIII published in 1887.

Bound by Hatchards in half morocco.

Complete in eight volumes.

A collection of the journals of Charles Greville, an diarist who was the Clerk of the Council in Ordinary, serving under Kings George IV and William IV, and Queen Victoria. These journals document the reigns of the three monarchs, from 1817 to 1860. 

The journals are faithful records of the period, with detailed and competent observations of events Charles witnessed and the people he associated with. However, Charles did not stoop to record private scandal, though the publication caused scandals when first published, with Queen Victoria stating that she was "horrified and indignant at this dreadful and really scandalous book". 

Charles' journals are considered to be an incredibly valuable contribution to nineteenth century history, recording not just the public events, but the private causes that led to them. The journals were met with great public interest when they were first published, nearly ten years after Charles' death. The demand was as great in America and in England.

With the inscription of Aubrey Hopwood to each front free endpaper. Hopwood was a British lyricist of Edwardian musical comedy, and a novelist and author of nonsense books for children. 

Edited by Henry Reeve; Greville had given Reeve his diaries on his deathbed, only a few hours before he died.

Condition

In a half morocco signed binding, with cloth covered boards, and gilt detailing to back strips. Externally, excellent. Rubbing to head of 1887 volume II and 1884 volume I joints. Inscription to front free endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Significant spotting to the first three volumes, with remaining five volumes generally clean and bright, with only the odd spot, most concentrated to first and last few leaves.

Very Good Indeed

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