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WHARTON, Grace and Phillip (pseud.)
Wits and Beaux of Society.

London: J. W. Jarvis & Son, 1890.
London: J. W. Jarvis & Son, 1890.

Two volumes. xxxii, 262; v, [1] 246 pp. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY, containing 117 portraits and views (some folding), of which 20 are hand-coloured. 8vo., 208 x 136 mm, exquisite binding by Bayntun of Bath in full dark blue morocco, lavishly gilded with inlaid with black morocco borders on boards, spine comprised of six compartments all with elaborate gilt designs. Lettered in the second and fourth compartments. All edges gilt. Gilt in rule to inside of boards, marbled end papers. Some plates with mild foxing to edges. A truly beautiful copy of The Wits and Beaux of Society, wonderfully bound, and extra-illustrated with 117 plates; ordinary copies contain only 16 plates (all present herein). In the present copy the extra plates consist of engraved portraits illustrating the personages mentioned in the text, including: Horace Walpole, George Villiers, Count de Grammont, Beau Fielding, William Congreve, Beau Nash, Phillip Duke of Wharton, Lord Harvey, Earl of Chesterfield etc. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Frontispiece. Frances Theresa Stewart, Duchess of Richmond. 2. George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. 3. Thomas, Lord Clifford of Chudleigh. 4. Henry, Prince of Wales. 5. Anne Hyde, Duchess of York. 6. Somerset House (folding plate slightly cropped) 7. Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland. 8. Bath (folding plate). 9. James Boswell, Esq. 10. Buffon. Volume 2. 11. Frontispiece. Horatio Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford. 12. Bradley. 13. Mme de la Valliere. 14. Mme Geoffrin. 15. Gibbon. 16. Francis Jeffrey Esq. 17. John Liston, Comedian. 18. Edinburgh. 19. Fishmonger's Hall. 20. John Stuart, Third Earl of Bute.