Stanhope, Philip: Letters to His Son.

Stanhope, Philip - Letters to His Son. Folio Society, 1973, 1st thus. His illegitimate son was both the one genuine and lasting passion in Chesterfield's life, and also his secret tragedy. A highly cultured and distinguished diplomatist, politician and writer, Lord Chesterfield was the embodiment of many eighteenth century ideals - common sense, moderation and graceful living among them - and behind the courtly, cold exterior lay an intensely human personality. In the letters he wrote to his son, letters on which he lavished such affection, such wisdom and such tolerance, even the commonplace acquires a new freshness, while the style has all the grace and elegance of the best Augustan prose. And yet, the irony remains. All the worldly advice, tendered with so much understanding, fell on deaf ears: the son turned out a failure. The marbled paper used for the binding is decorated individually by hand. No two pieces are the same and the effect cannot be reproduced by any printing process. (Folio Society). 9" x 5½", 202pp, quarter black cloth with Cockerell paper sides, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Printed on laid paper. Illustrated with a monochrome portrait frontispiece portrait and within the text with wood-engravings by Richard Shirley Smith pritned in brown. Slightly sunned spine, probably unread, fine, complete with very good (sunning), sound, slip-case.

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