RARE 1797 LEATHER HORACE WALPOLE WALPOLIANA DIARY 1ST?

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  • Sold Date: Jul 03, 2009
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RARE 1797 LEATHER HORACE WALPOLE WALPOLIANA DIARY 1ST?
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ON AUCTION is a very scarce 18th century (1700s) Leather book, in two volumes bound together, Walpoliana, published in London, printed for R. Phillips. This is the diary or philsophical musings of Horace Walpole (see below). No date, but approximately 1797 to 1800 or so. (He is mentioned in the past tense in the biographical work that begins the book). The two volumes are bound in one physical leather binding, sized 6x4 inches, with a red leather spine label lettered in gilt, and marbled boards. The binding is later than the book, we would say the binding dates from the 1850s or so. With a bookplate, Roch-Josef Di Lisio, signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1958. Missing the first free blank endpaper. About 250 pages between the two volumes. Very good condition. We are not precisely sure if this is the first printing or not. Certainly a very early printing.

Walpoliana is a collection of his musings on a variety of subjects, contemporary politics, Samuel Johnson, Female Quarrels, you name it. Somewhat akin to reading The Spectator or works of that caliber.

Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797), more commonly known as Horace Walpole, was an art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician. He is now largely
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