Title Thoughts On Hunting: In A Series Of Familiar Letters To A Friend. By Peter Beckford, Esq.
Publisher London: Printed For Sherwood, Neely, And Jones, Paternoster-Row. [no date - c. 1820] . 0
Seller ID 44475
A very good original full leather binding. 8.5" x 5.5" x 1.0". 8vo. pp.12/pp.321/1p. Black straight-grained morocco, with bright gilt decoration to boards and spine. Edges lightly rubbed and corners bumped, now carefully strengthened. Spine with 3 raised bands, gilt decoration and gilt titles: "Beckford On Hunting", and; "London 1820". All page edges gilt. Inner gilt dentelles. Original brown endpapers. Engraved Library label to the verso of the front board: "Garnons Library".** The engraved frontispiece and editor's preface are dated 1820. There is one double-page engraving: "Elevation And Ground plan Of A Dog Kennel.", plus crisp and clean wood cuts at the end of each chapter. The wood-cuts are similar to those of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), however COPAC attributes them to Richard T. Austin. Foxing to frontis, otherwise clean throughout, with just the odd brown spot. Colophon at end: "London: Printed By Thomas Davidson, Whitefriars." VG. ** Description of bookplate: Circular armorial Bookplate (52mm diameter) with arms of Cotterell . Sir Geers Henry Cotterell, 3rd Bt. was born on 22 August 1834. He was the son of John Henry Cotterell and Hon. Pyne Jesse Trevor. He married Hon. Katherine Margaret Airey, daughter of General Richard Airey, 1st and last Baron Airey and Harriet Mary Everard Talbot, on 14 September 1865.1 He died on 17 March 1900 at age 65. He succeeded as the 3rd Baronet Cotterell, of Garnons, Herefordshire [U.K., 1805] on 17 February 1847. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Hereford between 1857 and 1859.1 He held the office of High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1863. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Herefordshire. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Herefordshire. *** "Peter Beckford (1740-1811), was a British landowner, huntsman, writer, collector and the patron of the composer and pianist Muzio Clementi. Peter Beckford was born in 1740. He was a nephew of William Beckford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and cousin of William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844), author of the Gothic novel, Vathek, and builder of the folly, Fonthill Abbey. In 1765, on the death of his father, Beckford inherited his estate at Steepleton Iwerne near Blandford Forum in Dorset, and set out on his first visit to Italy. On the way he met Voltaire and Rousseau at Geneva, and hunted with the king of Savoy. In 1766 he visited Rome, where he was escorted by James Byres, bought several antiquities, and commissioned a modern portrait (probably the portrait of Beckford by Pompeo Batoni). There he was so impressed by the young Muzio Clementi's musical talent that he persuaded Clementi's father to let him take Clementi to his estate in Britain for seven years. Beckford agreed to provide quarterly payments to sponsor Muzio's musical education until the boy reached the age of 21. (Beckford, himself claimed to have "bought Clementi from his father for a period of seven years".) He became the Member of Parliament for Morpeth, Northumberland in 1768. On 22 March 1773 Beckford married Hon. Louisa Pitt (1754-1791), the daughter of the British diplomat and politician George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers (1721-1803) and Penelope Atkins. Their first son was born on 9 September 1776 but survived only a few months; Beckford's first surviving son was Horace, born at Sudeley Castle on 2 December 1777. Beckford was an enthusiastic hunter, and in 1781 published his Thoughts on Hunting In a Series of Familiar Letters to a Friend." - See Wikipedia