An Account of Russia as it was in the Year 1710. Charles WHITWORTH, Lord.
An Account of Russia as it was in the Year 1710

An Account of Russia as it was in the Year 1710

[London], Printed at Strawberry-Hill, 1758.

Small octavo (in half sheets), xxiv, 158, [1] (errata) pages with engraved title-vignette.

Early red straight-grain morocco; sides tooled with a frame of three fillets, the inner two with overlapping semicircular gouges; small six-pointed stars at the intersections; spine gilt in compartments; all edges gilt; minimal wear at the extremities; leather slightly mottled and marked, and slightly darkened on the spine; slight blemish to the right-hand margin of the title leaf (perhaps caused during the printing of the title-vignette); occasional light offsetting; a few trifling spots of foxing; an excellent copy.

An early publication from Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Press in an elegant binding in the style of (or perhaps by) the influential English binder Roger Payne (1739-1797).

'Charles Lord Whitworth ... was Envoy Extraordinary to Russia in 1704, and Ambassador Extraordinary in 1710. Seven hundred copies were printed. Walpole contributed the "Advertisement" [pages (iii)-xxiv], in the course of which he related an incident more entertaining than any to be found in Lord Whitworth's account. "Lord Whitworth," he says, "had had a personal intimacy with the famous Czarina Catherine, at a time when her favours were not purchased, nor rewarded at so extravagant a rate as that of a diadem. When He had compromized the rupture between the court of England and the Czar, He was invited to a ball at court and taken out to dance by the Czarina. As they began the minuet, She squeezed him by the hand and said in a whisper, "Have you forgot little Kate?" Almost any reader will subscribe to Walpole's lament "that so agreable a writer as Lord Whitworth, has not left us more ample accounts of this memorable Woman"' (Havens: 'Horace Walpole and the Strawberry Hill Press', pages 21-22. We have corrected nine errors of transcription in this quotation).

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Price (AUD): $1,250.00

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