HINCHINGBROOKE.

Montagu, Edward, Geo., Hy., 8th Earl of Sandwich.


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Arthur L. Humphreys, 1st ed., 1910. 51 pp. Red buckram ; gilt ; gilt armorial front cover ; t.e.g., others uncut. 26 x 20cm. Binding slightly discoloured ; light foxing ; o/w V.G.+. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author inscribed : "Mrs. Brock. From the author, Sandwich. July 6, 1912." Also signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Grafton Road, Acton. St. Elfeda’s Day 1987." The derivation of the name Hinchingbrooke is unknown and is variously spelt but as letters patent conferring this peerage by Charles II on the 1st Earl, ‘Hinchingbrooke’ is undoubtedly correct. Located near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, it passed from the Cromwells into the Montagu family, Earls of Sandwich. In 1970 it became a school. The 8th Earl (1839-1916), a Conservative politician and author who succeeded to the title in 1884, describes his historic house from the time it was a Nunnery in the 11th century, through the days of Pepys who visited Hinchingbrooke, on through the 18th and 19th centuries when the house suffered fire. Along the way he recalls earlier members of his family, including Rear-Admiral Victor Montagu who entered the Royal Navy in 1853 and fought in the Crimean War as a midshipman. Includes a list of paintings in the house in 1910. SCARCE.


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