"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well": Finely bound set of the Letters of Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield.
Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope.
Chesterfield, Earl of, Philip Dormer Stanhope.
Item Number: 2546
London: J. Nichols, 1800.
Finely bound set of the Letters of Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield. Octavo, 4 volumes. Bound in full brown calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front and rear panels. Frontispiece of Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield in volume 1. In very good condition.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, was a leading British statesman who was known to associate with literary figures, including Alexander Pope and Joseph Addison. The celebrated and controversial correspondences between Lord Chesterfield and his son Philip, dating from 1737, were popularly praised in their day as a complete manual of education, but they were despised by fellow writer Samuel Johnson, who claimed that the correspondences taught "the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing."