THE SPEECHES OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE GEORGE CANNING. WITH A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE.; by R. Therry

London: James Ridgway, 1828. First edition. 8vo. 6 volumes: x, (2), 300; (4), 480; (4), 543; (6), 442; (4), 531; (4), 427, (2, ad leaf) pp. Folding table in volume one and lacking the portrait frontispiece to volume one. U.S. President Martin Van Buren's copy, inscribed to him by John Backhouse, "The Honourable Martin Van Buren / London / March 28th, 1832", on the verso of the front endpaper of volume one. Backhouse (1784-1845) was private secretary to Canning, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, member of Parliament, and Prime Minister in 1827, shortly before his death. Van Buren (1782-1862; President of the United States, 1837-1841) had been sent to England as Ambassador in September, 1831, but his appointment was ultimately rejected by the Senate in January, 1832; he did not return to the United States until July, however, to accept his party's nomination as Andrew Jackson's vice presidential running mate. With the missing frontispiece noted, a very good set. Near contemporary polished blue morocco (some rubbing and scuffing), gilt, with gilt rules framing upper and lower boards to each volume, marbled endpapers, spines gilt with rules and ornaments, leather spine labels, a.e.g., with the small binder's ticket "Bound by / Calkin & Budd / 118 Pall Mall" on the front pastedown of each volume. (#6254). Item #58282

Price: $850.00

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