LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ESQ. LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN; ... LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ESQ. LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN; ... LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ESQ. LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN; ... LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ESQ. LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN; ...

LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ESQ. LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN; TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL OTHER PIECES ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS, PUBLISHED BY MRS.EUGENIA STANHOPE, FROM THE ORIGINALS NOW IN HER POSSESSION.

Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl Of

Published by London, For J. Dodsley 1774, 1774
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2 volumes. First Edition. With the half-titles, portrait and errata at the end of the second volume. A classic work, illuminating the customs and manners of the mid 18th century. 4to, uncut original boards, both volumes enclosed in individual morocco back slipcase boxes. This is in a rare state, being uncut in the original boards. A lovely unsophisticated copy in original state. Some light foxing and the original paper spine, usually missing, is 80% intact on the first volume and 25% intact on the second volume with no flaking. The hinges and stitching are tight. IN RARE ORIGINAL BOARDS UNCUT. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield KG PC was a British statesman, man of letters, and great wit. As a politician and statesman, his fame rests upon his short, but brilliant, administration of Ireland as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. By many accounts he was a selfish, calculating and contemptuous man despite brilliant talents and admirable training. Horace Walpole said that he, who had heard nearly all the great orators of the time, preferred a speech of Chesterfield to that of any other. Yet Boswell reported that the poet Samuel Johnson pointedly said, "This man I thought had been a Lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among Lords!" Despite having been an accomplished essayist and epigrammatist in his time, his literary reputation, as a narrative writer, derives from 'Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman'. The impoverished widow of Chesterfield’s illegitimate son, Eugenia Stanhope, was the first to publish the book, which comprises a thirty-year correspondence in more than four hundred letters; begun in the 1737–38 period and continued until the death of his correspondent, Philip Stanhope, in 1768. As a handbook for worldly success in the 18th century, the Letters to His Son give perceptive and nuanced advice for how a gentleman should interpret the social codes that are manners. His perceptiveness is evidenced in quotations such as these: "Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous and the expense damnable"; "The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it."; "I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.". Bookseller Inventory # 27694

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Title: LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ...

Publisher: London, For J. Dodsley 1774

Publication Date: 1774

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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