London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874-87. Item #01287
"A Faithful Record of the Impressions Made on the Mind of a Competent Observer"
Elegantly Bound by Bayntun of Bath in Full Blue Morocco ca. 1920
Extra Illustrated With 379 Portraits and Views and Six Autographs
GREVILLE, Charles F. The Greville Memoirs. Edited by Henry Reeve, registrar of the Privy Council. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874-1887.
First editions. All volumes “Special Copy-Extra Illustrated.” Three parts in eight octavo volumes. Comprising: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV. and King William IV. (three volumes); A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (three volumes); and A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1852 to 1860 (two volumes).
Extra-illustrated with 359 fine and engraved portraits and views throughout (eighty of which are hand-colored). In addition six autographs have also been mounted to size.
Eight octavo volumes (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in; 211 x 133 mm). Elegantly bound ca. by Bayntun of Bath ca. 1920 in full deep blue crushed Levant morocco with gilt strapwork, gilt pointillé rolls, gilt dots, and gilt crown and rosette corner ornaments. Gilt rolled edges. Five gilt tooled raised bands. Six gilt ornamented compartments. Gilt ornamented turn ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A very fine and magnificent set.
The six autographs contained are: James Henry Monk, Lord Bishop of Gloucester, volume I, p. 16; Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville, volume I, p. 124; The Right Honorable William Huskiggon, volume II, p. 47; Richard, Marquis Wellesley, volume III, p. 31; The Earl of Mulgrave, volume III, p. 258; Thomas Graham, Baron Lynedoch, volume V, p.46
"Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (April 2, 1794 - January 18, 1865) became one of the finest polital diarists of his time… 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. From 1821 to 1859 he was Clerk to the Privy Council where his work brought him into contact with all the leading political people of the time. He was a well-known racehorse owner and something of a literary figure. He therefore served under three successive sovereigns, - George IV, William IV and Victoria,--and although no political or confidential functions are attached to that office, it is one which brings a man into habitual intercourse 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. 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. But the celebrity which now attaches to his name is entirely due to the posthumous publication of a portion of a Journal or Diary which 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 1817 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… The memoirs appeared in three parts - the first for the reigns of King George lV and King William lV, 1817 to 1837 (London, 1874, 3 vols.), the second for the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (London, 1885, 3 vols.), and the third for the reign of Queen Victoria from 1852-1860 (London, 1887, 2 vols.). When the first series appeared in 1874 some passages caused extreme offence. The copies issued were as far as possible recalled and passages suppressed.". (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition).