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LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS SON, PHILIP STANHOPE ESQ. LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AT THE COURT OF DRESDEN; TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL OTHER PIECES ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS, PUBLISHED BY MRS.EUGENIA STANHOPE, FROM THE ORIGINALS NOW IN HER POSSESSION.
London,: For J. Dodsley, 1774. 2 volumes. First Edition. With the half-titles, portrait and errata at the end of the second volume. A classic work, illuminating the customs and manners of the mid 18th century. 4to,, uncut original boards, both volumes enclosed in individual morocco back slipcase boxes. This is in a rare state, being uncut in the original boards. A lovely unsophisticated copy in original state. Some light foxing and the original paper spine, usually missing, is 80% intact on the first volume and 25% intact on the second volume with no flaking. The hinges and stitching are tight. IN RARE ORIGINAL BOARDS UNCUT. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield KG PC was a British statesman, man of letters, and great wit. As a politician and statesman, his fame rests upon his short, but brilliant, administration of Ireland as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. By many accounts he was a selfish, calculating and contemptuous man despite brilliant talents and admirable training. Horace Walpole said that he, who had heard nearly all the great orators of the time, preferred a speech of Chesterfield to that of any other. Yet Boswell reported that the poet Samuel Johnson pointedly said, "This man I thought had been a Lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among Lords!" Despite having been an accomplished essayist and epigrammatist in his time, his literary reputation, as a narrative writer, derives from 'Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman'. The impoverished widow of Chesterfield's illegitimate son, Eugenia Stanhope, was the first to publish the book, which comprises a thirty-year correspondence in more than four hundred letters; begun in the 1737-38 period and continued until the death of his correspondent, Philip Stanhope, in 1768. As a handbook for worldly success in the 18th century, the Letters to His Son give perceptive and nuanced advice for how a gentleman should interpret the social codes that are manners. His perceptiveness is evidenced in quotations such as these: "Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous and the expense damnable"; "The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it."; "I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
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