Walpole, Horace, A CATALOGUE OF THE ROYAL AND NOBLE AUTHORS OF ENGLAND, WITH LISTS OF THEIR WORKS.-1759
Walpole, Horace, A CATALOGUE OF THE ROYAL AND NOBLE AUTHORS OF ENGLAND, WITH LISTS OF THEIR WORKS. London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley in Pallmall; and J. Graham in the Strand, 1759. 2 vols., rebound leather hardcovers w/gilt titling and blind-stamped ornamentation on the spine only, 12mo (4.5 x 7.125"), very good / n.a., vol.I - [vi], viii, , 247 pp., [blank] , [iii Index], [blank]; vol.II - [ii], 250 p.p., [vi Index]. Light and sporadic spotting and soiling throughout, small 3/4" closed tear at head of title page in vol.I.
There is a frontis-piece in vol.1 of Earl Rivers and his printer Caxton presenting a book to King Edward IV, his queen, prince and court. There is also an engraved sheet of music titled, The Voluntary before the March opposite the title page of vol.II. Walpole's first edition of this work was printed the year before in a limited edition of 300 copies. He subsequently sold the rights to Dodsley who would publish 2000 copies of this book which essentially stands as the trade edition. According to the title page of vol.1 this second edition is corrected and enlarged. This book is a delight to read, as well as being a solid historical resource for the biographies of the titled and royal peerage of the U.K. of yesteryear.
Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford; 24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797), also known as Horace Walpole, was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He had Strawberry Hill House built in Twickenham, south-west London, reviving the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors. His literary reputation rests on the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), and his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. They have been published by Yale University Press in 48 volumes. He was the son of the first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. As Horace Walpole was childless, on his death his barony of Walpole descended to his cousin of the same surname, who was created the new Earl of Orford. Strawberry Hill press was owned by the Walpole family.
Quite the distinctive set of tomes indeed - a very solid and useful sector of Captured Tyme.