London: 1758. Item #4
[HORACE WALPOLE'S COPY]
Leland, Thomas. The History of the Life and Reign of Philip, King of Macedon. Thomas Harrison for W Johnston, 1758. 4to., 11.5 x 9 inches. 2 volumes. First edition, engraved portrait frontispieces, half-titles, numismatic plate and large folding map of Greece (edges browned with small tears) , list of subscribers. 18th century calf and gilt, some scuffing, hinges decidedly weak and starting to separate but holding.
Provenance: Two bookplates (motto of the Walpole family: 'Fari Quae Sentiat') to lower margins of half-titles of Horace Walpole (1717-1797) 4th Earl of Oxford (motto of the Walpole family: 'Fari Quae Sentiat'), author of the first gothic novel, "The Castle of Otranto," and proprietor of the Strawberry Hill Press at his home in Twickenham. His works were dispersed at the famous sale n 1842, a sale which became an all-consuming passion for his contemporary, William Beckford. (See: Lot 102 in A Catalogue of the Classic content of Strawberry Hill, collected by Horace Walpole sold, by auction, 25th of April, 1842).
The erudite Walpole clearly read the books as he alludes to the subject in his letters "How precious is any line of Demosthenes that offended King Philip and the whole court of Macedon" [The Letters of Horace Walpole: 1781-1783, p. 44].