4to., pp. 19,  publisher’s advertisements; a few spots, but a good copy, with generous margins; disbound.
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Some Account of the Character of the late Right Honourable Henry Bilson Legge.
First edition. Henry Bilson Legge (1708-1764), three times chancellor of the exchequer between 1754 and 1761, attracted both respect and censure. To Pitt, he was ‘the child, and deservedly the favourite child, of the Whigs’. Horace Walpole, on the other hand, thought him a man ‘of a creeping, underhand nature, [who] aspired to the lion’s place by the manoeuvre of the mole’. Legge had earlier been a favourite of Sir Robert Walpole, who got him into the Commons and then found him a place as Treasury secretary, until, in 1741, he overstepped the mark with a proposal of marriage to Sir Robert’s daughter, Maria.
Here, John Butler, a career clergyman with staunch Whig credentials (and likewise described with similar invective by Horace Walpole), defends Legge’s record as a statesman. They had become friends in the late 1750s, when Butler was chaplain to the princess dowager of Wales.
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Reprint of the second edition of Lewis’s ‘first political book’, a collection of essays engaging with Shakespeare and Machiavelli first published in 1927 and then reissued by Methuen in 1951; inscribed in a very shaky hand ‘To Geoffrey Bridson from Wyndham / Oct 1956’.
‘The Lion and the Fox is shot through with original thinking on every subject that it takes up … The tone of the book is distinctly liberal, and its attitude towards the concept of despotic rule is one of suspicion and antipathy’ (Bridson, The Filibuster).
Laid in loose is a 1-leaf typescript of two sections from pp. 83-4 and 89-90 of ‘The Foxes’ Case’ by Lewis, published in The Calendar of Modern Letters 2:8 (October 1925), with a few corrections in pen and the note ‘original copy checked with DGB’ at the foot. The article included several passages subsequently incorporated into The Lion and the Fox.
See Bridson, ‘That Notorious Machiavel’, The Filibuster, pp. 1-18. Pound & Grover A6c note; Morrow & Lafourcade A7c note.
POUND RETURNS TO ITALY LEWIS, Wyndham.
Ezra Pound, un saggio e tre disegni.
First edition, an hors serie copy (from numbered edition of 1000), a translation by Pound’s daughter, Mary de Rachewiltz, of an essay that first appeared in Pound’s 65th birthday festschrift in 1950; this translation was published in part ‘to celebrate Ezra Pound’s return to Italy’.