Miscellaneous Works of the late Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield.
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of.$1,250.00
Item Number: 2556
London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1778.
First edition of the memoirs, publications, and letters of one of Britains great statesmen. Quarto, 2 volumes. Handsomely rebacked, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition. Contains the eight engraved portraits of Chesterfield. This edition contains an historical sketch of Lord Chesterfield and his times by Matthew Maty, the Librarian of the British Museum. A nice presentation.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, was a leading British statesman who was known to associate with literary figures, inlcuding 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 taugt "the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing-master."