Letters written by the late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to his son, Philip Stanhope, Esq; Late envoy extraordinary at the Court of Dresden; together with several other pieces on various subjects.; Published by Mrs. Eugenia Stanhope, from the originals now in her possession.

New York: Reprinted by J. Rivington and H. Gaine, 1775. First American edition. 12mo. Four volumes: (4), 204; (4) 228; (4), 261, (1); (4), 220 pp. With the half-title to each volume. Each volume bears the ownership signatures of Philemon Dickinson (three struck through) and his son Samuel Dickenson. Philemon Dickinson (1739-1809), a native of Maryland, served with distinction during the Revolutionary War as a Brigadier General of the New Jersey militia, and was later elected to the Continental Congress from Delaware and to the United States Senate from New Jersey; he was the brother of the more famous John Dickinson (1732-1808), Governor of Pennsylvania and patriot. Evans 14471. OCLC locates 13 complete copies (NYU, Syracuse, San Diego State, Yale, Library of Congress, Notre Dame, Harvard, Cleveland Public, Villanova, American Antiquarian Society, Library Company, Mt. Vernon, Gunston Hall). Good solid copy of the scarce first American edition of this classic on social etiquette, with an excellent contemporary association. Original leather boards, partly eroded at the edges, rather amateurishly rebacked, with new spine labels, new endpapers. (7142). Item #59293

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