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Manuscript account book of the restoration of Strawberry Hill (with) Manuscript listing material for new edition of Walpole's letters
London: 1857-1862. Original green cloth. Original account book of 150 pages, 22 lines each, on blue lined paper. Original green cloth, somewhat soiled; the interior in excellent condition. Walpole lived at Strawberry Hill for about fifty years until his death in March, 1797. When he died, the house was entrusted to his cousin, Mrs. Anne Seymour Damer, who, in order to cope with the high expenses of the building, had been given a subsidy of about £2000 a year. Soon she realized that the cost of maintenance was too great, so in 1810 she passed the property over to Walpole's grand-niece Laura Elizabeth Waldegrave. After Laura died, the heredity passed into the hands of her eldest son John Waldegrave and his wife Frances. In 1842 there was a great sale of some of Walpole's curious collections of antiquities that lasted 32 days. In 1855 the Countess Waldegrave decided to restore Strawberry Hill and turn it into a palace for great political receptions. She invested about £20,000 a year; during the period from 1856 to 1858, major restorations were made, including new floors, pantry, inside staircase, dining room, gardens, trees and fountains, paintings, drawing rooms, fire places, etc. These are only a few of the entries noted. The account book details the monthly expenses paid out, such as workers' wages, their names and the amounts paid for the month. (Offered with) Manuscript book apparently listing the prints, books and drawings for a massive extra-illustrated edition of H. Walpole's letters (?). 4to. In double columns, approximately 7500 listings. A contemporary note states t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts [California, United States]

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