LEIGH HUNT - THE OLD COURT SUBURB OR MEMORIALS OF KENSINGTON, 1860 - History
THE OLD COURT SUBURB; OR, MEMORIALS OF KENSINGTON, REGAL, CRITICAL OR ANECDOTICAL — By Leigh Hunt — Early Edition, 1860 — British History
Publisher: Hurst and Blackett Publishers, London (1860, No date provided)
In well preserved condition. Three-quarters leather binding with marbled boards. Raised gilded bands on spine. The boards and binding are solid and tight save for light shelfwear. The pages are crisp and clean save for spots of foxing on the borders of some of the illustrations. 301 pages, with illustrations throughout. From a period book review: "The beauty of Kensington, its combination… of the elegancies of town and country, and the multitude of its associations with courts, wits, and literature, have long rendered it such a favorite with the lovers of books, that the want of some account of it, not altogether alien to its character, has constantly surprised them." Hunt was "one of the pleasantest writers of his time — easy, colloquial, genial, humane, full of fine fancies and verbal niceties… with hardly a spice of bitterness in his composition" (Whipple’s Reviews).