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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Meditations and Contemplations.

HERVEY (Rev. James).

HERVEY (Rev. James).

Meditations and Contemplations. Containing Vol.I Meditations among the Tombs. Reflections on a Flower Garden. And a Descant on Creation. Vol.II Contemplations on the Night. Contemplations on the Starry Heavens. And a Winter Piece.

Two engraved frontispieces, two engraved title-pages and 11 plates.

Two volumes. 8vo. [242 x 147 x 31 mm]. lxviii, 284 pp; vii, [i], 312 pp. Bound in contemporary straight-grained red goatskin, the covers with a gilt double fillet border and the initial C surmounted with a coronet at the centre. Smooth spine divided into six panels by gilt double fillets and blind pallets, lettered in the second and numbered in the fourth, the others with a gilt flower-head and blind fronds and fleurons, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt broken fillet, the turn-ins with a gilt roll, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (Spines a little rubbed).
London: by C. Whittingham, for F. & C. Rivington [and 14 others], 1803.

First published in 1746 and frequently thereafter. Some light spotting or foxing, but a distinguished copy, belonging to Edward Bligh, Lord Clifton. Born in 1795, he attended Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford and served as MP for Canterbury from 1818 until 1830. He was styled as Lord Clifton until 1831, when he succeeded his father as 5th Earl of Darnley. He was Lord Lieutenant of Co. Meath from 1831 until his death in 1835. The Darnley family seat of Cobham Hall in Kent was sold in 1955.

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