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(Beckford) Melville, Lewis

The life and letters of William Beckford of Fonthill (author of “Vathek”).

London, William Heinemann 1910.

Reference: 13274
Price: £35 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. xiv + (2) + 391 + (1)pp, photogravure frontispiece, 12 photo plates. Early twentieth century cloth (binding for the library of the Great Western Railway Mechanics Institution, Swindon, with their printed library rules pasted to inside front cover). Neat library stamp on title and withdrawn stamp on a preliminary blank leaf. Annotations and reading marks in blue crayon in margins.

The first twentieth century biography of Beckford, largely based on the Beckford papers inherited by the Dukes of Hamilton. Less scholarly than subsequent biographies but it provides the texts of many letters by or to Beckford not conveniently available elsewhere.