Miscellaneous Works of the Late Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield.
London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1777. 2 volume set, 12 inches tall. A beautiful, tall and rather spectacular folio set in full 18th century full calf with gilt raised bands, fine twin labels and splendid extra gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt key pattern roll and gilt floral corner tools frame the boards. There is a chip to a headcap and slight splitting to one board but still firm and solid. There are engraved portraits, opposite which there is a degree of offsetting. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, best remembered for his "Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman", was a British statesman and celebrated wit. From the library of Vane Londonderry, Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry and with his impressive martial bookplate. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses.