The Croker Papers, 1808 - 1857 - Edited by Bernard PoolLondon: B. T. Batsford, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Top edge dyed Red; Black & white plates;
From the cover: “The Croker Papers, 1808-1857,would I be of supreme interest if they contained nothing beyond their record of the sayings and opinions of Croker’s intimate friend, the Duke of Wellington, on the chief events in his own career. In fact, the Papers offer infinitely more: they give an account of the principal political happenings, the behind-the-scene discussions and the gossip of the first half of the nineteenth century, viewed from the standpoint of a leading figure in the Tory party. For more than 20 years, Croker was Secretary of the Admiralty and a powerful debater in the House of Commons. He was a favourite with George IV, and a friend of Sir Robert Peel, Spencer Perceval and many other notables. He also, of course, had his literary side; notably, for most of his life he contributed regular articles to the Quarterly Review, one of the best-known being his fierce attack on Keats’ newly published Endymion. To be at once a leading politician and to write for one of the most famous reviews was indeed to be in the very centre of contemporary life and goes far to explain the fascination of the Papers and their value as a prime historical source. First published in 1884, they have long been out of print.”