Hard Cover. New York: Dingwall Rock, Ltd., 1925. near Fine.
Two volumes. Limited edition of 1,999 copies, this copy being out of series and unnumbered. Illustrated with a frontispiece in each volume and four photogravure plates. Finely bound in three-quarter red morocco and dark red cloth, five raised bands to spine, compartments and bands decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, purple and green marbled endpapers. About near fine, both volumes with a touch of rubbing to extremities, Vol. I with a small tear to the leather at the rear bottom corner, Vol. II with a few tiny cracks to the leather on the spine. Overall, a beautiful set that presents very well. The Earl of Chesterfield's letters to his son represent his most famous piece of writing. Often published along with his other correspondence, Stanhope's Letters to his Son are presented as a stand-alone work in this particular set. Seeking to educate his illegitimate son, the younger Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield wrote over four hundred letters over the course of thirty years instructing him on topics including history, geography, and diplomacy. Despite his father's efforts, Stanhope's son had a largely unsuccessful political career, partly due to the negative view held by other diplomats regarding his ancestry. A politician and man of letters, Philip Dormer Stanhope was born into his role as Lord Stanhope, and later, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield. His linguistic abilities and powers of oration earned him support among the House of Lords and the following success as a politician and writer.