1906 The Letters of Horace Walpole Fourth Earl of Orford
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This text was edited by Peter Cunningham, the son of the famous Scottish author Allan Cunningham. Peter Cunningham however was a notable writer in his own right, publishing several topographical and biographical studies, of which the most important are his 'Handbook of London' and 'The Life of Drummond of Hawthornden'. He is best known for editing this biographical work 'The Letters of Horace Walpole'. Horatio (or Horace) Walpole, was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician, and also the son of the first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Whilst he is widely known for writing the "first Gothic novel" 'The Castle of Otranto' in 1764, he was also renowned for his numerous Letters, which are of significant social and political interest, and are collated and collected together in this volume. Featuring institutional stamps for 'King's College London' and the 'King's College Hostel for Women', and a 'University of London: King's College' bookplate tipped to the front free-endpaper or front pastedown of all volumes. As noted on each half title page with an ink stamp and ink inscription, this nine volume set was presented by 'the Rev. Prof. Oesterley', a Church of England theologian, and professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at King's College, London, from 1926. Collated, complete with nine tissue guarded plates to volume I, seven to volume II, III, IV and V, six to volume VI, seven to volume VII, and eight to volumes VIII and IX.
In a uniform cloth binding with gilt titles to spines and armorial crest to front board. Externally, excellent. Very slightly bumped to extremities and head and tail of spine. Slight rubbing and faint marking to the odd boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages very bright and clean throughout. Marking to fore edge of pages, only visible to text block. Pages very slightly age toned to edges. Slight offsetting to endpapers. Institutional stamps to front pastedown and front free-endpaper. 'University of London: King's College' bookplate tipped to front free-endpaper to some volumes, front pastedown to others. Presentation ink stamp and inscription to half title page, all volumes. Institutional ink stamp to title page, contents pages and final page of text, all volumes. Very slight ink marking to lower extremity of frontispiece, volume II, not affecting text. Slight splitting to rear pastedown, to gutter of rear joint volume II, but still firm.
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