This book by the 2nd Earl Russell was published by Cassell and Company, Ltd in 1923. It is a first edition. The book bears a photogravure frontispiece and eight half-tone illustrations. John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, known as Frank Russell (12 August 1865 – 3 March 1931), was the elder surviving son of Viscount and Viscountess Amberley, and was raised by his paternal grandparents after his unconventional parents both died young. He was the grandson of the former prime minister John Russell, 1st Earl Russell and elder brother of the philosopher Bertrand Russell. He was married three times, lastly to Elizabeth von Arnim, who caricatured him in her novel Vera. Despite his landmark achievements in other respects, this Earl Russell is most famous for being tried for bigamy in 1901, after which he was known to Edwardian society as the "Wicked Earl". This biography sheds light on the life and times by the man himself. The book is in good condition thought bears foxing to the half-title page. Lighter foxing also evident to full title page and outside edge of pages, which in some pages has crept onto pages internally - though not enough to detract from text or make it illegible. The hardback cover is good but bears bumping to corners, rubbing to spine and edges (top, bottom and sides). Spine is also creased. There is evidence of water marking on the front cover (approx 1" from edge). A fabulous read if you're interested in historical biography or enjoy books about political figures.