London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1875. Item #04270
Extra-Illustrated With Eighty Plates, of Which Twenty are Hand-Colored
Handsomely Bound by Bayntun of Bath
JESSE, J[ohn] Heneage. Memoirs of Celebrated Etonians: Including Henry Fielding; The Earl of Chatham; Horne Tooke; Horace Walpole; George Grenville' Thomas Gray; George Selwyn; Lord North; Earl of Bute; Earl Temple, etc. etc. etc. [In Two Volumes]. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1875.
First edition. Extra Illustrated by the insertion of eighty fine portraits, views, etc., twenty of which are hand-colored.
Two octavo volumes (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 215 x 133 mm.). vi, 377, [1, imprint]; vi, 354 pp. Extra illustrated by the insertion of 17 hand-colored portraits, 3 hand-colored views, 46 black & white portraits, 13 black & white views, and an original autograph note signed by the Irish Presbyterian minister and church leader, John Abernethy (1680-1740).
Bound ca. 1925 by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed in gilt on lower front turn-ins). Full chocolate brown crushed levant morocco, covers with elaborate borders in gilt and an arabesque shaped inlay of black morocco. Spines with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, four of the compartments with 'arabesque' inlaid black morocco, gilt ruled board-edges and turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Volume one with the engraved bookplate of Edward S. Thomson. Minimal fading to spines, still a very fine and attractive set.
Subjects include Henry Fielding, Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray.
JESSE, John Heanage, (1815-1874), English historian, was educated at Eton and afterward became a clerk in the department of the admiralty. His poem on Mary Queen of Scots was published about 1831, and was followed by a collection of poems entitles Tales of the Dead.