London: Printed by W. Richardson and S. Clark…, 1763. First octavo edition, following a quarto edition the previous year. A little light dampstaining at bottom margin, a little light foxing. A very good, uncut copy. Armorial bookplate of George Cavendish, old ink signature (“Marcus Gage”) on title-page, old ink notations on front endpapers. Contemporary marbled boards with newer calf backstrip. Gilt-ruled spine with gilt red morocco label. Octavo. , 269 pp., including the half-title. Item #7998
In this posthumous work Lord Walpole (1678-1757), the brother of Sir Robert and uncle of Horace, attacks Bolingbroke’s account of the last four years of the Queen, years when Bolingbroke was a leading figure in the Tory administration and Walpole a young Member of Parliament in opposition. Bolingbroke’s Study of History was also posthumous, written in the 1730s but for political reasons was left unpublished until 1752.