Fourth edition, published in 1809, printed for G Wilkie and J Robinson. Half-leather binding with marbled boards. 5 spine bands with titles label.
The full titles read: 'The Diary of the Late George Bubb Donnington, Baron of Melcombe Regis: from March 8, 1749, to February 6, 1761; with an Appendix, containing Some Curious and Interesting Papers, which are either referred to, or alluded to, in the Diary. Published from his Lordship's Original Manuscripts by Henry Penruddocke Wyndham'.
George Bubb Dodington, 1st Baron Melcombe PC (1691 – 1762) was an English politician and nobleman.
Christened simply George Bubb, he changed his surname to Dodington by Act of Parliament around the time his uncle George Dodington died in 1720 and left him his estate. Enormously rich, he became a friend of Frederick, Prince of Wales, who took advantage of their acquaintance to obtain loans that helped clear his debts, and, on being thrown out of St James's Palace by his father, King George II, moved into a London house belonging to Dodington.
Dodington had many contacts with artists and was a collector, purchasing antiquities via Cardinal Albani in Rome. His house at Hammersmith was the focus of a lively political and cultural salon of supporters of Frederick, Prince of Wales whose palace at Kew was located just across the river. Dodington is said to have been involved in a spy-ring, collecting valuable information about Jacobite activities. In 1761, following the accession of Frederick's son to the throne as George III, he was created Baron Melcombe.
Dodington is depicted in William Hogarth's 1761 engraving Five Orders of Periwigs; his diary was published posthumously in 1784 by Henry Penruddocke Wyndham.
The leather on the covers is fairly worn and there are partial splits along the edges of the spine strip. There are a few light pencil marks on the end papers, however the pages are generally fairly clean with only a very few foxing spots. the bindings are generally sound and pretty firm, although there is some splitting along the internal hinge of the page after the title page. Fair to Good condition overall