The bookplates of Horace Walpole and his contemporaries : with selected passages from the Letters of Horace Walpole and illustrated by over 100 book plates of the friends to whom the letters referred, Chicago, 1923 / the selections made and the whole arranged in this form by Wellington R. Townley.

Townley, W. R. (Wellington Reid), 1861-
Physical Description:
1 v. (298 leaves) : ill. ; 26 cm.
W.R. Townley, bookplate collector and contributor to The miscellany.
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), fourth earl of Orford, author, politician, historian and patron of the arts; owner of Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, England.
In English.
Purchased from Henry Sotheran, Ltd, June 2008. Previously owned by Bella Townley and the Mazinaw Lake Library.
Mounted frontispiece: Lithograph portrait of Horace Walpole from the Catalogue of Sale of the Strawberry Hill Collection by Mr. Geo. Robinson in 1842. Lithograph by G. Madeley, 3 Wellington St., Strand, from a painting at Strawberry Hill by Eckhardt in 1754.
Stamped on the edge of the inside back cover: Arthur Hertzberg & Craftsmen. Bound in full burgundy morocco, boards with gilt borders; spine lettered and panelled; silk linings. Spine title: The book plates of Horace Walpole and his contemporaries / Wellington R. Townley. With slip case.
Bookplate of Wellington Reid Townley, numbered '246' and inscribed "This book belongs to Bella."
Ex libris bookplate of Mazinaw Lake Library: Barbara de Remo Lester [and] John Albert Lester.
Pagination as follows: a-h, [1], i-x, [2], 201 [i.e., 298] leaves.
Manuscript in a single hand, with examples of bookplates of Horace Walpole's friends and correspondents, arranged alphabetically and mounted on leaves interspersed with brief biographies of the bookplate owners and excerpts from Walpole's letters about the subjects. Written as a wedding present for Townley's wife, Bella Madden Townley.
Two letters tipped in; one a fragment from 'Orford' and dated from London January the nineteenth 1795 to Richard French, Esq.; the second from Lady Pomfret, to Lady Sundon, dated 1737 Nov. 22 in which she expresses her sorrow at the sudden death of Queen Caroline and concern over Lady Sundon's own recent illness.
Arthur Hertzberg & Craftsmen, binder
Caroline,--Queen, consort of George II, King of Great Britain,--1683-1737.
Mazinaw Lake Library Bookplate.
Pomfret, Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys Fermor,--Countess of,--1700?-1761.
Sundon, Charlotte Clayton,--Baroness,--d. 1742.
Townley, Bella Madden--Ownership.
Townley, W. R.--(Wellington Reid),--b. 1861.
Walpole, Horace,--1727-1797--Friends and associates.
Binders' stamps (Binding)--Arthur Hertzberg & Craftsmen
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
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Call Number:
LWL Mss Vol. 127
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Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
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Lewis Walpole Library
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W.R. Townley, The Bookplates of Horace Walpole and his Contemporaries. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Number of Pages: 335
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