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George the Third. - [GALT, John ] - 1824. [1199356]
London: Henry Colburn,, 1824. His court, and family. A new edition. 2 volumes, octavo (212 x 134 mm). Contemporary green full morocco, flat bands gilt to spines forming compartments, second and fourth gilt-lettered direct, remaining compartments richly gilt with floral design, triple fillet borders gilt to covers enclosing broad foliate roll-tool gilt, all edges gilt, board-edges and turn-ins tooled in gilt, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece to each volume, 16 similar plates. Spines sunned to olive, mild spotting to prelims, plates variably foxed, otherwise internally clean and crisp. An excellent copy. First published in 1820, this third edition in a handsome, strictly contemporary Regency binding, and inscribed "To John George Beresford, from his friend Lovell on his leaving Eton, Xmas 1837" on the initial blank of the first volume, with the Beresford family crest, a dragon's head transfixed by a spear, ink-stamped with the initials "J.G.B." to the front pastedowns. Lord John George de la Poer Beresford (1773-1862), was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, was ordained in 1797 and in 1822 was appointed Archbishop of Armagh, and therefore Primate of All Ireland, a post he held until his death. He also served as vice-chancellor and then chancellor of the University of Dublin, and spent nearly £30,000 on the restoration of Armagh Cathedral. Various members of Beresford's extended family, including his nephew, shared the forename John and also attended Eton, though none shared his middle initial, or attended in the exact period suggested by the inscription. Beresford himself maintained an attachment to his alma mater throughout his life, and he notably donated "more than £6000 to the college of St Columba, near Stackallan, co. Meath, which was opened in 1844 to furnish the gentry of Ireland with a school 'on the model of Eton'" (ODNB); green morocco is characteristic of Irish bookbinding of the period. Galt was a Scottish novelist who also wrote biographies of Lord Byron and Cardinal Wolsey.
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