Steele (1715) Memoirs of Thomas Wharton & Rapin (1717) Whig and Tory – Sammelband


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A Sammelband of:

Steele, Richard. Memoirs of the life of the most noble Thomas, late Marquess of Wharton: with his speeches in Parliament, both in England and Ireland: To which is added, his Lordship’s character / by Sir Richard Steel [sic.]. (London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1715 )

Bound with:

Monsieur Rapin (trans: Mr. Ozell). Dissertation sur les Wigs & les Tories. Or, an Historical Dissertation upon Whig and Tory shewing the Rise, Progress, Views, Strength, Interests and Characters of those Two Contending Parties.  (London: Printed for E. Curll, 1717)

As far as this bookseller can tell, neither pamphlet is available for purchase online at the time of this writing.

Octavo. [6], 106; viii, 108 pages. Hardcover (rebound). Half bound in marbled boards with brown leather spine and corners.  Title stamped in gilt on spine. Book plate of S. P. Scott (1846-1929) on front paste-down. Copper plate portrait of Thomas Wharton laid in, from the Universal Magazine.

Provenance: S. P. Scott (Samuel Parsons Scott) – (1846-1929) was a lawyer, banker and book collector who, upon his death, donated his estate to build a library at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia – leaving his wife with a token of his esteem. “…because on account of the insults, outrages, cruelty, disgrace and humiliation which she has constantly and without reason, during my entire married life, heaped upon me”, he left her $75,000 of his 3 million dollar estate. The library also got the majority of his books.

Condition: Good only. Front board detached, pencil scribbling under bookplate of S. P.Scott, title page of Memoirs trimmed and pasted to replacement sheet.  Contemporary marginalia in Memoirs. Foxing.

“Sir Richard Steele (bap. 12 March 1672 – 1 September 1729) was an Irish writer, playwright, and politician, remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazines The Tatler, The Spectator and The Guardian.” – Wikipedia

“Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton PC (August 1648 – 12 April 1715) was an English nobleman and politician. A man of great charm and political ability, he was also notorious for his debauched lifestyle.” – Wikipedia

“Paul de Rapin (25 March 1661 – 25 April 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage. His History of England, written and first published in French in 1724–27, was an influential exposition of the Whig view of history on both sides of the English Channel.” – Wikipedia

John Ozell (died 15 October 1743) was an English translator and accountant who became an adversary to Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope.” – Wikipedia