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The Greville Memoirs

Parts One to Three

A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria From 1837-1852

A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1852-60

A Journal of of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV

By Charles C F Greville, Henry Reeve (Editor)

1874-87 - London - Longmans, Green and Co.

9" by 6"; xvii, 424pp; ix, 384pp; x, 432pp; xxiii, 406pp; xvii, 406pp; x, 435pp; x, 513pp; xiii, 315pp; ix, 326pp 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The complete memoirs of Charles Greville.

Part I: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV Edited by Henry Reeve. (1874), Volumes I-III, Second Edition.
Part II: A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837-1852 , (1885) Volume I-III.
Part III: A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1852-1860 (1887) Volume I-II.

Complete in eight volumes.

In Bumpus Ltd binding as indicated from the gilt stamping to front pastedown.

Charles Greville's publicity came from these posthumously published memoirs. He kept the diary for much of his life which was given to his friend Henry Reeve shortly before his death with an injunction that they should be published as far as was feasible not too long after his death.

The memoirs appeared in three parts, the first was the reigns of George IV and William IV, 1817-1837 and were published almost ten years after his death. The publication received great public interest and five editions were sold in little more than a year. As well as great interest the diaries also received calls for certain passages to be suppressed due to offence caused. Upon the initial release of the memoirs Queen Victoria commented that she was 'horrified' that the 'scandalous book' was to be published. 

Overall these journals are regarded as a faithful record of the impressions made on Greville from the events he witnessed and the people he associated with.    

CONDITION

In uniform half calf bindings with paper covered boards. Externally, sound with slight rubbing to the joints and to the spines. Front hinge to Part I volume I is slightly strained but firm with the joint starting but firm. Front hinge to volume I of part II is tender with cords showing, the joint is starting but firm. Crack to both joints of volume II of part II. Cracks to both joints of volume III of part II. Front hinge to volume III of part II is slightly strained but firm. Loss at head of spine to volume III of part I. Rear hinge to volume III of part I is slightly strained but firm. Cracks to head and tail of spines to volumes I and II of part III. Small loss to head of spine to volume II of part III. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with spotting to the first and last few pages and the odd spot throughout. Overall: GOOD.


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