London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999. [Political Biography] FIRST EDITION WITH SIGNED LETTER. Octavo (24 x 17cm), pp.xxii; 938. With 12 double-sided black and white photographic plates and numerous maps. Also with an autograph letter SIGNED by the author in black ink, addressed to a Mr. Rea, discussing the location of Salisbury's beach house near Dieppe, and the possibility of visiting the current owners in order to look around. A single sheet of headed note page, folded once. Publisher's purple cloth with gilt titles to spine and photographic endpapers. With the purple illustrated dust-jacket, priced at £25.00. Light rubbing and bumping to cloth, with water staining to lower board bleeding through somewhat to jacket. Jacket lightly bruised to edges, with light sunning to spine and a toned adhesive mark to front cover. Very good. A very large book detailing the life and times of Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, who, it is argued, should be considered amongst the most important British political figures of the second half of the nineteenth century, alongside Disraeli and Gladstone. Item #58075
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