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Memoirs of The Reign Of George The Second: From His Accession To The Death Of Queen Caroline

By Lord Hervey

1884 - London - Bickers & Son

9.5" x 6.5"; lxiv, 350, viii, 389, viii, 436, 15

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

DETAILS

Lord Hervey's infamously frank memoir of George II, in three volumes.

Hervey was a courtier and political writer; he was bisexual and is said to have had affairs with many notable figures, including Anne Vane, Lady Montagu, Princess Caroline, Francesco Algarotti, and possibly Prince Frederick.

These memoirs were not published in Hervey's lifetime. They gave a rather unflattering view of the King, Prince Frederick, and their family arguments. The manuscript was preserved by the family, and his son left clear instructions that they should not be published until after the death of George III.

They were finally published in 1848, having been edited and perhaps a little softened by J.W . Croker - the Irish politician. Regardless, the memoirs resemble those of Horace Walpole, and the two books mutually support the veracity of some of their more outlandish claims.

Hervey was also notable for suffering the satire of Alexander Pope, who may have been jealous on account of Lady Montagu. In Pope's works he is Lord Fanny, Sporus, Adonis, and Narcissus.

This copy is from an institutional library, and contains plates and stamps to that effect.  

Collated: complete

CONDITION

In a cloth binding. Externally smart, with a little bumping to the corners and the head and tail of the spines. There is a small mark to the front board of volume two. Each has a library classification added to the tail of the spine. With library plates to the front pastedown and front free endpaper of each volume, there is also a barcode to each front free endpaper. Each has a library stamp to the reverse of the title page, and to their final paginated page. With some spotting to the first few pages of each volume, particularly volume one. Otherwise with only a little age toning towards the edges and the very occasional small stain. Volume one has minor tears to the bottoms of pages 5-12, with minimal loss, volume three has minor tears to the tops of pages 349-354, with minimal loss; the text is unaffected in both cases. Firmly bound. Overall: GOOD


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