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SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley.

The Works.

London: John Murray, 1821 Stock Code: 139633
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First edition of the collected works of this enduringly popular playwright, edited by his first biographer, the poet Thomas Moore. A very pretty set from the Vane Londonderry library, monogram gilt to the head of the spine, elaborate armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. On marriage to Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Charles Stewart, third marquess of Londonderry changed his name to Vane, and gained access to considerable wealth derived from his wife's estates in county Durham and northern Ireland. However, although "Londonderry was in theory a wealthy man, the fluctuations of the coal trade, his electioneering expenditure, and his personal extravagance meant that he was always in financial difficultiesso much so that in 1834 it was feared he would follow his half-brother Catlereagh's example of suicide" (ODNB).

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2 volumes octavo (210 x 130 mm). Contemporary rich pink half calf, marbled boards, brown morocco labels, flat spines with compartments formed by double gilt rules, numbered direct in the fourth, octofoil devices in blind to third, fifth and sixth, at the head the initials of Frances Anne Vane, wife of the marquess of Londonderry, surmounted by a coronet, edges sprinkled brown, pink silk page-markers.


A touch sunned on the spines, a little rubbed on the boards, otherwise very good indeed.


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