(Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908). 181 x 111 mm. (7 1/8 x 4 3/8"). Two volumes. Edited by Gordon Goodwin.

Attractive burgundy crushed morocco by J & E Bumpus (stamp-signed on rear turn-in), triple gilt rule, raised bands, spines with heavily gilt compartments featuring a central green clover leaf, gilt lettering, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. With 21 portraits, all with original tissue guards, as called for. A Large Paper Copy. A BEAUTIFUL SET, with nothing but the most trivial imperfections.

Our binding is typical of the well-executed, quite pleasing, and generally undervalued work produced under the Bumpus name for a substantial period, beginning in the latter part of the 19th century. Packer says that the Bumpus bindings emanated from the bookselling firm of John and Edward Bumpus, which was founded in 1780; the bindings done during the Victorian period normally carry the Oxford Street address (as does this one), although Packer also gives the address of Holborn Bars, E.C. during the years 1881-83. Philibert, Comte de Grammont, was a libertine and gambler who resided at the courts of Louis XIV of France (from which he was banished) and Charles II of England. His memoirs, written in an entertaining and ironic style, were either dictated to, or composed by, his brother-in-law, Anthony Hamilton (1646?-1720). Although unreliable historically, they paint a vivid portrait of the character and scandals of the court, as seen by an insider.

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PJP Catalog: 72.127