DODINGTON, George Bubb.

The Diary, From March 8, 1749, to February 6, 1761.

With an Appendix containing some Curious and Interesting Papers, which are either referred to, or alluded to, in the Diary. A New Edition. By Henry Penruddocke Wyndham.

Salisbury: E. Easton, 1784 Stock Code: 120255

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First English edition of this important and much-celebrated record of political intrigue in 18th-century England, originally published in Dublin earlier the same year. Dodington (1691-1762), an immensely wealthy landowner, was elected member for Bridgwater in 1722, a post he held until 1754. He insinuated himself into the highest circles of Georgian society as a boon-companion of Frederick, Prince of Wales, holding various posts under Walpole (whom he alienated and eventually broke from in 1740) and Pelham before becoming drawn into the leadership struggle between Pitt and Fox in the summer of 1755 after a period in the wilderness. His "literary endeavours were nondescript occasional pieces couched in his usual high-flown, lapidary prose. A far more significant though private venture, however, was the diary which he had begun to keep in 1749. Recording day to day the intrigues of an apparently compulsive, self-seeking place-hunter who seemed equally attached to the sentiments of virtue and poetry, Dodington's diary, first published in 1784, has subsequently anchored his reputation as the archetypal eighteenth-century man of politics" (ODNB). After his death part of his estate went to his nephew Henry Wyndham, editor of his diary.

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Octavo (205 x 128 mm). Contemporary tan calf, raised bands to spine, gilt rules both sides, red morocco label, red sprinkled edges.


Marginal browning to endpapers, half-title and very faintly to title page from adhesive used in binding, p. 244 browned, else an excellent, crisp copy, complete with the half-title and advertisement leaf.


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