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The History of the Life of King Henry the Second, And of the Age in which he lived, in Five Books

In Three Volumes

By George Lord Lyttelton

1767-71 - London - W. Sandby and J. Dodsley

11.5" by 8.5"; (v) 553pp; 578pp; 260pp; 540pp; 262-375pp; 40pp.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

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A set of The History of the Life of King Henry the Second by Lord Lyttelton.

Complete in three volumes.

Collated complete.

To which is prefixed, a History of the Revolution of England From the Death of Edward the Confessor to the Birth of Henry the Second.

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton PC (17 January 1709 24 August 1773), known as Sir George Lyttelton, Bt between 1751 and 1756, was a British statesman and patron of the arts.

Lord Lyttelton was the son of Sir Thomas Lyttelton, 4th Baronet, by his wife Christian, daughter of Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Baronet. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

He was one of the politicians who opposed Robert Walpole as a member (one of Cobham's Cubs) of the Whig Opposition the 1730s. He served as secretary to Frederick, Prince of Wales, from 1737, and as a Commissioner of the Treasury in 1744. After Walpole's fall, Lyttelton became Chancellor of the Exchequer (1755). In 1756 he was raised to the peerage as Lord Lyttelton, Baron of Frankley in the County of Worcester.

Lord Lyttelton was a friend and supporter to Alexander Pope in the 1730s and to Henry Fielding in the 1750s. James Thomson addresses him throughout his poem The Seasons, and Lyttelton arranged a pension for Thomson. He wrote Dialogues of the Dead in 1760 with Elizabeth Montagu, leader of the bluestockings, and The History of the Life of Henry the Second (17671771). The former work is part of a tradition of such dialogues. Henry Fielding dedicated Tom Jones to him.

Lyttelton spent many years and a fortune developing Hagley Hall and its park which contains many follies. The hall itself, which is in north Worcestershire, was designed by Sanderson Miller and is the last of the great Palladian houses to be built in England.

CONDITION

In full calf leather bindings with contrasting labels to the spines. Externally, sound with slight rubbing. Joints are tender. Front board is held by cords only on volume III. There is some loss to the leather on volume II. Internally, generally firmly bound, though hinges are slightly tender. The front end paper is working loose in volume III. Pages are generally bright and clean with some browning to the end papers. There is an ink inscription to the recto of front free end papers in all volumes. Overall: GOOD.

 


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