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Hope, Alexander James Beresford

Poems. Privately printed.

(London), “W.Nicol, Shakespeare Press, Pall Mall” 1841.

Reference: 8827
Price: £140 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. (4) + 47 + (1)pp. Original boards. Armorial book label of Alexander J. Beresford Hope.

The only volume of poetry , so far as we are aware, to be written by a President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Beresford Hope (1820-1887), youngest son of Thomas Hope, the chief promoter of the Greek Revival in Britain in the early years of the nineteenth century, was himself to become an active lay member of the High Church wing of the Church of England, and in this role was to provide both significant intellectual support and funding for church building in the Gothic Revival style. At the time that the poems in the present volume were written he was still only an undergraduate member of Trinity College, Cambridge, and it is clear that the volume was produced in a small number of copies for private circulation among friends and family. Although the poems include a few perfunctory love poems and versions from the classics, a surprising number of them have a strongly Jacobite flavour, and a poem entitled “My Room at Cambridge” reveals that his walls there were hung with portraits of Charles I, Laud, Strafford, and other luminaries of the lost Stuart cause. This particular copy carries his armorial book label, and may be presumed to be a copy that he retained for himself. See also item in this catalogue.