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        Greville Memoirs, The

      1874-87. A Faithful Record of the Impressions Made on the Mind of a Competent Observer"Elegantly Bound by Bayntun of Bath in Full Blue Morocco ca. 1920Extra Illustrated With 379 Portraits and Views and Six AutographsGREVILLE, Charles F. The Greville Memoirs. Edited by Henry Reeve, registrar of the Privy Council. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874-1887. First editions. All volumes “Special Copy-Extra Illustrated.” Three parts in eight octavo volumes. Comprising: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV. and King William IV. (three volumes); A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (three volumes); and A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1852 to 1860 (two volumes). Extra-illustrated with 359 fine and engraved portraits and views throughout (eighty of which are hand-colored). In addition six autographs have also been mounted to size.Eight octavo volumes (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in; 211 x 133 mm). Elegantly bound ca. by Bayntun of Bath ca. 1920 in full deep blue crushed Levant morocco with gilt strapwork, gilt pointillĂ© rolls, gilt dots, and gilt crown and rosette corner ornaments. Gilt rolled edges. Five gilt tooled raised bands. Six gilt ornamented compartments. Gilt ornamented turn ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A very fine and magnificent set.The six autographs contained are: James Henry Monk, Lord Bishop of Gloucester, volume I, p. 16; Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville, volume I, p. 124; The Right Honorable William Huskiggon, volume II, p. 47; Richard, Marquis Wellesley, volume III, p. 31; The Earl of Mulgrave, volume III, p. 258; Thomas Graham, Baron Lynedoch, volume V, p.46"Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (April 2, 1794 - January 18, 1865) became one of the finest polital diarists of his time… He was one of the Pages of Honour to George III, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford; but he left the university early, having been appointed private secretary to Earl Bathurst before he was twenty. The interest of the duke of Portland had secured for him the secretaryship of the island of Jamaica, which was a sinecure office, the duties being performed by a deputy, and the reversion of the clerkship of the council. From 1821 to 1859 he was Clerk to the Privy Council where his work brought him into contact with all the leading political people of the time. He was a well-known racehorse owner and something of a literary figure. He therefore served under three successive sovereigns, - George IV, William IV and Victoria,--and although no political or confidential functions are attached to that office, it is one which brings a man into habitual intercourse with the chiefs of all the parties in the state. Well-born, well-bred, handsome and accomplished, Greville led the easy life of a man of fashion, taking an occasional part in the transactions of his day and much consulted in the affairs of private life. Until 1855 when he sold his stud he was an active member of the turf, and he trained successively with Lord George Bentinck, and with the duke of Portland. But the celebrity which now attaches to his name is entirely due to the posthumous publication of a portion of a Journal or Diary which it was his practice to keep during the greater part of his life. These papers were given by him to his friend Henry Reeve a short time before his death, with an injunction that they should be published, as far as was feasible, at not too remote a period after the writer's death. The journals of the reigns of George IV and William IV (extending from 1817 to 1837) were accordingly so published in obedience to his directions about ten years after that event. Few publications have been received with greater interest by the public; five large editions were sold in little more than a year, and the demand in America was as great as in England. These journals were regarded as a faithful record of the impressions made on the mind of a competent observer, at the time, by the events he witnessed and the persons with whom he associated. Greville did not stoop to collect or record private scandal. His object appears to have been to leave behind him some of the materials of history, by which the men and actions of his own time would be judged. He records not so much public events as the private causes which led to them; and perhaps no English memoir writer has left behind him a more valuable contribution to the history of the 19th century… The memoirs appeared in three parts - the first for the reigns of King George lV and King William lV, 1817 to 1837 (London, 1874, 3 vols.), the second for the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (London, 1885, 3 vols.), and the third for the reign of Queen Victoria from 1852-1860 (London, 1887, 2 vols.). When the first series appeared in 1874 some passages caused extreme offence. The copies issued were as far as possible recalled and passages suppressed.". (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition).

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        Typed Copy Letter Signed, 4to on 2 separate pages, n.p., Sept. 6, 1948

      This letter is a signed copy of a Typed Letter Cukor wrote to long time friend Elsa Schroeder about his trip to France, meeting with author W. Somerset Maugham regarding a possible film project based on the story of Sapho for Greta Garbo and finances during his trip. Cukor begins asking his correspondent about news of his home, "you know, about the dogs and how everything was looking at the house...." He continues with a report of his expenses and difficulties of using the franc. "So I didn't use the Letter of Credit...I borrowed 200,000 francs (don't faint that's only about $600) from M.G.M. Paris Office promising to repay them in francs...which indeed I did...I also paid for a car and chauffeur which I was in the south of France. Then I engaged a car...to make the three day tour from Cap Ferrat to Paris...I bought myself some socks and sweater and ties, etc...Michael Pearman was with me and has kept an itemized account of my expenditures - tips, cables...." He continues with a discussion of meeting the British author, W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965). "Actually I accomplished some very important work with Maugham. One of the stories we considered for Garbo is 'Sapho' by Daudet - Maugham very kindly read the script and I had two very long meetings with him; he made brilliant and practical suggestions for the treatment of the story...When in Paris at Walter Wanger's request, I had long conferences with Agents. Writers, Actors' agents, etc. and made very important contacts and actually spent a good deal of time on the Garbo-Wanger proposition...I go into all this...because I do think a good deal of the...trip can be deducted as legitimate business expense...." He signs, "George."

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        A FLOATING CITY and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS

      1874. hardcover. Verne, Jules. A FLOATING CITY, and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS. Translated from the French. London: Sampson Low, Martson, Low, & Searle, 1874. 40 pp ads dated August 1874. Original orange cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt. First British Edition, published in September 1874 -- the same month as Scribner Armstrong's American edition. This volume consists of two separate tales. The first is a fictionalized narrative of Verne's 1867 passage from Liverpool to New York aboard "The Great Eastern," the largest iron ship ever built and one of the wonders of its age. Her length was 692 feet, her beam was 120, her paddlewheels and propeller were larger than anything the ocean had ever seen, and she was designed to carry more passengers than the Queen Mary. Because of her size, "The Great Eastern" was the only ship capable of laying the great Atlantic Cable. The second tale is fictional, more in Verne's usual style: a Glasgow shipowner devises an adventurous plan to run the Union blockade of southern ports during the American Civil War, in order to bring a load of cotton back to his city's 25,000 idle looms. This copy is in orange cloth (we have also had a dark red copy and a green one -- no priority). It is in bright, near-fine condition (spine slightly faded as usual with this color cloth, occasional light foxing on the leaves within); the elaborate gilt design on the front cover remains bright, and atypically, the original peach endpapers are not cracked). In our experience, this London edition is considerably scarcer than the New York one. Taves & Michaluk V008; Myers 22. MARITIME (Sumner & Stillman Code:12157)

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