Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq. HENRIETTA KNIGHT, LADY LUXBOROUGH.
Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq.

The Warwickshire Coterie: Henrietta Knight, William Shenstone, Richard Jago and William Somerville

Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1775.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T91685; Rothschild 1338 (Horace Walpole’s copy).
Condition: Edges a little rubbed and singed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28772

Physical Description

8vo, contemporary plain English calf rebacked, recent black morocco spine label, gilt lettering. Two woodcut vignettes in the text.

Comments

The letters of poet Henrietta Knight (1700-1756) to poet William Shenstone (1714-1763), written over a twenty year period during which she was sequestered by her husband at their Warwickshire country home, Barrells. Lady Luxborough and Shenstone exchanged poems, on which she comments in her letters, together with discussion about art, design, architecture and literature in general. Shenstone commented that her letters were "written with abundant ease, politeness and vivacity, in which she was scarce equaled by any woman of her time." Together with Shenstone, the poet Richard Jago and William Somerville (Warwickshire residents all), Lady Luxborough formed what became known as the "Warwickshire coterie." In 1775 Dodsley included several of her poems, from manuscripts supplied by Shenstone, in his Collection of Poems by Several Hands. Early ink annotations about Lady Luxborough on the front free endpaper, with notes in the same hand also about Horace Walpole.

Price: $325.00