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Higginson, A.Henry

Peter Beckford esquire. Sportsman, traveller, man of letters. A biography.

London, Collins 1937.

Reference: 13417
Price: £12 [convert currency]

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8vo. 307 + (1)pp, photo frontispiece, decorative title leaf, (9) photo plates. Publisher’s cloth, worn at head and foot of spine and at outer corners.

Biography of Peter Beckford, William Beckford’s first cousin, writer of a good book on fox hunting (see that item) and of an equally good later publication on his travels in Italy. Much of what the author has to say is recycled from these books, but he did have access to legal and business papers of Peter Beckford’s, and although he makes disappointingly little use of them, he does print Peter Beckford’s will in full, in which Beckford makes provision of an annuity of £60 a year to a Signora Rosa Buggiani in Florence (maybe his housekeeper when in Italy, maybe his mistress ?). Millington p.75.