HOPE, Thomas

HOPE, Thomas. Costumes of the Ancients.


London: William Miller, 1809.


£ 500



24 x 15 cm. xii, 54 pp., 200 engravings. Contemporary light brown calf with double-fillet gilt decoration on cover. Marbled endpapers and edges. Spine in six compartments, with gilt title and ornamental decoration; publication place and date at foot of spine. Ex-libris of T. Rice glued on top pastedown. Very slight foxing and browning. A very good copy.

The T. Rice of the ex-libris might be identified as Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, PC, FRS, FGS (8 February 1790 – 7 February 1866), a British Whig politician, who also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1835 to 1839. The ex-libris also mentions Mount Trenchard, is an Irish stately home located near Foynes, Co. Limerick, which was the ancestral seat of the Rice (subsequently Spring-Rice) family. The same crowned leopard of the ex-libris also appears on the Baron’s crest.