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Superb Set Of The Greville Memoirs In 8 First Edition Books


£915 | $1,275 USD | €1,066 EUR
Item Number: SA767588
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Donnelly Antiques Ltd
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A superb and complete set of Greville’s Memoirs in three uniformly bound parts with each of these three parts being a first edition. Part I, published 1874, A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV 1818-1837 is contained in volumes 1-3, Part II, published 1885, A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1852 is contained in volumes 4-6 and Part III, A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria 1852-1860 is contained in volumes 7 & 8. The books have been finely bound by Henry Young and Sons of Liverpool in midnight blue half morocco (spines, returns and across the corners) with the remainder of the boards in blue cloth. The top edges are gilt and the spines are arranged in 6 gilt decorated fielded panels divided by 5 raised bands with the dates of publication to the tails. The journals were compiled by Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (2 April 1794 – 17 January 1865) and published posthumously by Longmans, Green & Co. They were edited by Henry Reeve, Registrar of the Privy Council.
The books are presented in very good condition overall with some shelf wear and marks to the exterior. The gilding and the morocco is bright and fresh. Internally there is some light age toning and some occasional minor foxing, other wise the pages are generally clean and tightly bound. There are some pencil notes to the front of volume I in which there is a marginal tear with a small loss, but not to text, to page 339/340; volume III has minor nicking to the top inner corners of pages 187-192, again no loss to text.
The books each have a height of some 22.3cms, a depth of some 15cms and whilst of varying widths the total run is approximately 27cms.
Charles Greville was a very well-connected English diarist and an amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1819 to 1827. His father Charles 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's childhood was spent at his maternal grandfather's house at Bulstrode. 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. His mother was widely believed to be the mistress of the Duke of Wellington, an affair which caused her family much distress, and may account for Greville's frequently hostile attitude to Wellington.
Greville entered upon the discharge of the duties of a Clerk of the Council in ordinary in 1821, and continued to perform them for nearly forty years, until his retirement in 1859. He therefore served under three successive sovereigns (George IV, William IV and Victoria) and, although no political or confidential functions were attached to that office, it was one that brought him into habitual contact 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. In 1837, Greville won 9,000 pounds from the first-place finish of his horse Mango in the St Leger Stakes.[5] 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.
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 hi
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.

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