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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Beckford, William, 1760-1844.
Wilby, Norwich : Michael Russell, 2000
|Named Person:||William Beckford; George Clarke; George Clarke; William Beckford; George Clarke|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
William Beckford; Robert J Gemmett
|Description:||336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm|
|Responsibility:||edited with introduction and notes by Robert J. Gemmett.|
"This collection of over 350 unpublished letters, written by William Beckford to his bookseller George Clarke over the years 1830 to 1834, gives a vivid picture of the exigent connoisseur in the act of gathering the books and manuscripts that ultimately became part of the library of the Duke of Hamilton, sold in 1882. They also shed light on the negotiations with the London publisher Richard Bentley for the publication of Italy, with Sketches of Spain and Portugal and trace the anxiety Beckford experienced in his fruitless efforts to sell the Episodes of Vathek. As the correspondence progresses, the letters become more colourful and wide-ranging, supplementing their great bibliophilic interest with glimpses of personalities and issues of the day. The editor's explanatory notes are pertinent and comprehensive, illuminating both Beckford's enthusiasms and his distinctive ebullience of expression."--Jacket.
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- Beckford, William, -- 1760-1844 -- Correspondence.
- Clarke, George, -- active 1835 -- Correspondence.
- Book collectors -- England -- Correspondence.
- Authors, English -- 18th century -- Correspondence.
- Book collecting -- England -- History -- 19th century.
- Beckford, William, -- 1760-1844
- Clarke, George, -- active 1835
- Authors, English.
- Book collecting.
- Book collectors.