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271. WALPOLE, Lord. An Answer to the the Latter Part of Lord Bolingbroke’s Letters on the Study of history by the late Lord Walpole of Woolterton. in a series of Letters to a noble Lord. Part i and ii. Printed by W Richardson and S. Clark. 1762.


£298


4to., sometime bound in half red morocco with gilt rules, lettered and ruled in gilt on spine. A little marking to boards, some foxing especially to first and last few leaves, otherwise a very good copy.


First edition, inscribed “From Lord Walpole”, the author’s son on the title- page. horatio Walpole, 1st Earl of orford (12 June 1723 – 24 February 1809) was a British Whig politician, the eldest son and heir of the 1st Baron Walpole. From the library of the Earls cowper with their Brocket hall and Panshanger bookplates.


The manuscript of this work was found at Wolterton after Walpole’s death and his son arranged its publication in this special edition. here Walpole, a member of Parliament in opposition to Bolingbroke’s Tory party, attacks Bolingbroke’s account of the last four years of the Queen Anne’s reign.


There are a number of copies known signed as here by the second Lord Walpole. A second edition in octavo format was issued in 1763 for sale to the general public. Walpole, horatio, first Baron Walpole of Wolterton 1678- 1757, diplomatist and politician. “...his mind was of no ordinary calibre, and his moral courage was, like his intellectual capacity, fully worthy of Walpole’s brother. in domestic politics he was consistent, save when under the pressure of exceptional considerations affecting his party and its chief. in foreign affairs, which were the main business of his life, he was alike far- and clear-sighted, and may without hesitation be held to have been one of the most experienced and sure-footed as well as sagacious diplomatists of his times, not a few of whom were trained under his eye. moreover, both at versailles and at The hague he understood how to win complete confidence in the most important quarters. he seems to have been an effective but the reverse of a fastidious speaker in the house of commons. his writings have the merit of unmistakable lucidity, and often of argumentative strength...horace Walpole has been far from kindly dealt with by historical writers, partly perhaps in consequence of the dicta of his amiable nephew and namesake, who described him as “a dead-weight” in his brother’s ministry, and “one who knew something of everything but how to hold his tongue or how to apply his knowledge,” besides adding further amenities as to the homely style of his language and oratory (memoirs of the Last Ten Years of George ii, i. 140). But the younger horace had in 1756 been involved in a violent personal quarrel with his uncle, in which the right seems to have been on the younger man’s side. “ DnB


horatio (1723-1809), succeeded as second Baron Walpole of Wolterton, and was created Earl of orford on 10 April 1806. it is his signature that appears on the title-page. ESTc t145127.ocLc: 2290304.


272. WARD, Lynd. vertigo. A novel in Woodcuts. new York. Random House 1937.


£398


8vo., original patterned cloth. illustrated throughout with 230 woodcuts and no text. A little rubbing to cloth and the usual browning to endpapers, otherwise a very good copy.


First edition of this graphic novel based in the depression. With a proof engraving of the title page lettering of “vertigo” printed in black tipped in.


274 0nE oF 300 coPiES SiGnED BY ThE AUThoR


273. WASHBURN, Bradford. mount mcKinley’s West Buttress: The First Ascent. Brad Washburn’s Logbook 1951.Williston, VT: The Stinehour Press for Top of the World Press, LLC, 2003.


£130


4to (253 x 216mm). original black cloth, upper board and spine lettered in silver, maroon endpapers, dustwrapper; pp. xvii, [1 (section-title)], 142, loosely-inserted errata slip; frontispiece and numerous text illustrations, some full-page, after Washburn et al.; a fine copy.


First edition, no. 215 of 300 signed copies. mount mcKinley, the highest mountain in north America, was first climbed in 1913, and the first ascent of it via the West Buttress was made by Washburn — the acknowledged expert on the mountain — in 1951. The present, finely-printed volume reprints Washburn’s log-book and is illustrated with his photographs of the mountain taken both on the ground and from the air.


274.WELLS, H. G. (author). Little Wars; A Game For Boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girls [sic] who like boys’ games and books, with an appendix on Kriegspiel. London; J.M. Dent And Sons Ltd. 1931.


£198


Landscape large 8vo. original green cloth pictorially blocked and lettered in black, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], vii-viii + 115 + [i]; with marginal line illustrations throughout and numerous other photographic plates printed in half-tones; a fine and exceptional copy protected by the attractive and scarce, unclipped, dustwrapper (6s) with two 45mm closed tears to top edge of upper panel and a couple of short closed tears to head of spine with some chipping, and very slim loss, to heel.


Second edition. First published in 1913.


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