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The Greville Memoirs
- London - Longmans, Green, and Co. 1874 - A beautifully bound set of The Greville Memoirs by the Late Charles C. F. Greville. Edited by Henry Reeve. In three parts. Complete in eight volumes. Volumes I-III contain A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, volumes IV-VI contain A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 and volumes VII-VIII contain A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1852 to 1860. Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (2 April 1794 17 January 1865) was an English diarist and an amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1819 to 1827. His father Charles Greville was a second cousin of the 1st Earl of Warwick, and his mother was Lady Charlotte Bentinck, daughter of the 3rd Duke of Portland (former leader of the Whig party and Prime Minister). Greville died at Mayfair, London, and the celebrity now attached to his name is entirely due to the posthumous publication of a portion of a Journal or Diary that 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 1820 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. Condition: In green half calf leather bindings with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. Internally, firmly bound, though front hinges are slightly tender. Pages are generally bright and clean with some scattered light foxing, predominantly to the first and last few pages. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown in all volumes. There is also an ink inscription to the verso of front free end papers in all volumes. Overall: VERY GOOD. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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