A History of the Political Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt; including some account of the times in which he lived.
CANNING George.; GIFFORD John (1809.)
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6 volumes. Engraved portrait frontispieces to volumes one and two. First 8vo edition. 8vo., half titles, contemporary half calf, dark blue leather labels to the spine. London, Cadell and Davies.
Presentation inscription on the half title in volume one 'Geo Canning 1816 to Wm. Turner', underneath which is inscribed 'This Book was given to me by Mr. Canning, and will, I hope, be kept in my family. - W.T.' George Canning, who lived in the very house in which your cataloguer is sitting, holds the distinction of being his country's shortest serving Prime Minister, some 119 days. He served under Pitt the Younger, and in the year this book was published was wounded in a duel with Lord Castlereagh. He was chosen as Prime Minister ahead of the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel, who both then declined to serve in his cabinet. William Turner was a British diplomat and author, born 1792, whose father Richard was a friend of George Canning, who was responsible for starting William's career in the Foreign Office.
No half titles in volumes 2,4, and 6, volumes 1 and 6 rebacked, using the old spine, head and tail of the spines of the other volumes very rubbed and worn, spines and corners rubbed and scratched. First few gatherings of volume one wormed.
Stock Code: 220843