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An account of Russia as it was in the year 1710.

Whitworth, Charles Whitworth, Baron.

Published by Printed at Strawberry-Hill, [Twickenham], 1758
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First edition and sole Strawberry Hill edition; second and third editions appeared from other publishers in 1761 and 1771. As handsomely printed a work as one would expect of Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill press, this bears a title-page offering an engraved vignette of Strawberry Hill and presents Walpole's account of the author and his assessment of the Account as an "Advertisement" occupying pp. [iii]?xxiv. The errata appear on the last leaf. => Limited to 700 copies. Whitworth was perhaps the most effective English ambassador to Russia in the first half of the 18th century. His Account was originally written for the foreign office and remained in manuscript till Walpole printed it. The DNB (on-line) writes of it, "Succinct and perceptive, it was a survey of Petrine Russia which held its readership through to the century's end and beyond." Horace Walpole (1717?97), the 4th earl of Orford, is best remembered as the author of the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto. Among bibliophiles he is also remembered for his private press, variously known as the Officina Arbutana or the Strawberry Hill Press. Walpole's almost fantastic wealth allowed him the connoisseur's luxury of maintaining this noble enterprise, which he operated in the arena of the rebirth of fine printing in Great Britain that was being carried on by the Foulis brothers, Baskerville, and others. Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of William & Helena Hand. Small 8vo (18 cm; 7.25"). xxiv, 158, [2] pp. Hazen (1973 ed.), Bibliography of the Strawberry Hill Press, 5; ESTC T138827; Rothschild 2560; Cox, I, 195. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt spine extra, gilt dull; joints and hinges with good repairs. Two old booksellers' descriptions taped to front pastedown. Off-setting from the turn-ins on the front and rear free endpapers and fly-leaves, title-page, and errata leaf; else, quite clean. A handsome book. Bookseller Inventory # 26862

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Title: An account of Russia as it was in the year ...

Publisher: Printed at Strawberry-Hill, [Twickenham]

Publication Date: 1758

Edition: 1st Edition

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