158 pages. 15.5 x 10.5 cm.[A-U8, X4]. Including Errata page. Limited edition, one 700 copies published by Lord Orford. Engraved title vignette of Strawberry Hill. Whitworth named Envoy-Extraordinary to the Court at St. Petersburg in 1704. He was credited with resolving a dispute between the Crown and the Czar regarding a purported affront to one of his ministers in London. HAZEN (Strawberry Hlll) 5. ROTHSCHILD 2560. Raised bands, gilt decorated spine panels, inner dentelles, rebacked with most of the original spine laid-down, front cover rehinged. Full contemporary speckled calf. Very good. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: An Account Of Russia As It Was In The Year ...
Publisher: Strawberry Hill
Publication Date: 1758
Edition: First edition.
Book Description Printed at Strawberry Hill by William Robinson and sold by Messieurs Dodsley [.] for the benfit of Mr Hill, 1758. Half leather. Book Condition: Good. xxiv, 159,  pages. ESTC T138827 and Hazen 5. Bound in later half leather, wear to spine and edges. Ink presentation inscription to the title page - Sir Woodbine Parish to Lord Wodehouse 1856. Two overlapping bookplates on the front pastedown - Lord Wodehouse's almost obscuring that of Woodbine Parish. Pencil notes to the front free end paper. Stained to the title page and adjoining page, possibly from an old ribbon marker no longer present. Light browning to the pages throughout. Ink note to page 151. Bookseller Inventory # 008707
Book Description London: Strawberry Hill 1758, 1758. First edition. Limited to 700 copies, 600 sold for the benefit of the poor of Twickenham. 8vo in 4s. pp. xxiv, 158,  errata,  blank. Tan half calf decorated with simple blind tooling, marbled boards. Raised bands, six compartments. Red leather label in second compartment with title in gilt. Author's name in gilt on a brown leather label to third compartment. Some wear and chipping to spine, hinge with upper cover is loose, but still attached. Some rubbing to extremities and bumping to corners. Stamp of Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly on verso of ffep (Hatchards moved to no. 187 in 1820). Title page has engraving of Strawberry Hill. Advertisement (Introduction) by Horace Walpole. Contents are very clean and tight. Near fine/very good. In his introductory advertisement, Horace Walpole writes that this "short but curious account of the Russian Empire, as it began to emerge from barbarism in the year 1710, cannot but be acceptable to the public from the curiosity of the subject, and from the merit of the performance". Whitworth was a scholar and professional diplomat, beginning his career in Germany. In 1704, he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of St Petersburg. This was a sensitive time, partly as the Russians were engaged in the Great Northern War against the Swedish Empire, but also because of a diplomatic incident in London when the Emperor's envoy was arrested in the street by two bailiffs for non payment of debts. Walpole makes much of the contrast between high-handed Imperial absolutism and the laws and liberties of the English tradesman. Russia was strange and unknown at this time (when isn't it?) and Whitworth's Account did much to explain the country and shape British attitudes to it during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Whitworth's study was written in 1710 and the manuscript ended up in the hands of the poet (and Twickenham neighbour of Walpole) Richard Owen Cambridge who had bought it, with a collection of other papers on Russian history and affairs, from M. Zolman, the secretary to the (then, highly celebrated) diplomat Stephen Poyntz. Cambridge appears to have allowed Walpole access to this library. This explains the forty eight year gap between composition and publication. Hazen, p42-44. Bookseller Inventory # 2779