The Pastel Portrait: The Gunnings of CastleCoote and Howards of Hampstead

London: The Cresset Press, 1963.

First Edition. Hardcover. 8 3/4" X 5 5/8". 193pp. Moderate edgewear to price-clipped dust jacket, with small closed tears along top edge and at head and tail of spine, and light dust soiling to rear. Light shelfwear to cloth covered boards. Spine lettered in gilt over red label. Very light dust soiling to edges of text block. Binding is tight and sound. Contents are clean, bright, and unmarked. Illustrated throughout with black and white drawings and photographs. A very nice first edition copy of this "entertaining portrait of Georgian high society." From front flap: "The scandal that gave splendid grist to the mills of contemporary gossip writers and cartoonists was not unnaturally buried as deeply as possible by Victorian heirs, and it has been left to the authoress, herself a descendant of the General, to unfold the dramatic and sensational Gunning story in its true perspective." Very good + / very good. Item #1379

Price: $20.00

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