Antique Book “Secret History of the Court of England” by The Right Honorable Lady Anne Hamilton, 1832 /1878
Antique Book “Secret History of the Court of England” by The Right Honorable Lady Anne Hamilton [and Olivia Wilmot Serres], orig. 1832 | This is the 1878 First Edition by John Dicks | Hardcover with Green cloth board and a vellum spine | Published: London: Orig. Published by William Henry Stevenson, 13, Wellington Street, Strand; and London: 1878 Edition by John Dicks, Effingham House, Arundel St., Strand, 1878.
Full Title: Secret history of the court of England: from the accession of George the Third to the death of George the Fourth; including, among other important matters, full particulars of the mysterious death of the Princess Charlotte and the murder of the Duke of Cumberland’s valet, Sellis”
Author: by / attributed to Lady Anne Hamilton, sister of his grace the present Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, and of the countess of Dunmore / and Olivia Wilmot Serres.
Other: Bound in Vellum (spine) & cloth, spine has gold gilt designs and lettering | Has a booksellers glue down label inside front cover for “Parker Son, Ltd. English & Foreign Booksellers, 27 Broadstreet, Oxford, England | Measures approx. 7.5″ H x 5” W.
Reference: This Book is referenced in “The Works of Lord Byron,” New Revised and Enlarged Edition with Illustrations. Poetry. Vol. VII, Ed. by Ernest Hartley Coleridge, M.A., 1904 – In the Poem The New Vicar of Bray. Ref. According to Lady Anne Hamilton (Secret History of the Court of England, 1832, i. 198-207), the Princess Charlotte incurred the suspicion and displeasure of her uncles and her grandmother, the Queen, by displaying an ardent and undue interest in her sub-preceptor. On being reproved by the Queen for “condescending to favour persons in low life with confidence or particular respect, persons likely to take advantage of your simplicity and innocence,” and having learnt that “persons” meant Mr. Nott, she replied by threatening to sign a will in favour of her sub-preceptor, and by actually making over to him by a deed her library, jewels, and all other private property.