On the Nobility of the British Gentry, or the Political Ranks and Dignities of the British Empire, Compared with Those on the Continent for the Use of Foreigners in Great Britain...of Britons Abroad; Particularly of Those Who Desire to be Presented ...
Lawrence, Sir James

London, England: James Fraser, 1840. viii + 150 pages + (2) pages of James Fraser, Publisher available works + 24 page William Tegg & Co. Select Catalogue of Books; (the title continued): "...at Foreign Courts, to Accept Foreign Military Service, to be Invested with Foreign Military Service, to be Invested with Foreign Titles, to be Admitted into Foreign Orders, to Purchase Foreign Property, or to Intermarry with Foreigners."; contains sections on kneeling and hand-kissing at court, the nobility of the Seven Islands, Knights of the Shire, new-baked Barons, abuse of titles in Germany, intermarriages of English women with foreigners of quality; of English gentlewomen with foreign adventurers, plebeians, new noblemen, gentlemen; these topics and more covered in this 4th enlarged edition, the last to be printed in his life, by the "Chevalier Lawrence," British writer Sir James Lawrence (1773 -1840) educated at Eton and in Gottingen, Lawrence "... led a roving life, chiefly in Europe, and was apparently never at a loss for money. Having been made, as he asserted, a knight of Malta, he assumed the title of Sir James Lawrence, and was frequently known as the Chevalier Lawrence. In 1824 he published On the Nobility of the British Gentry, intended to establish the proposition that an English gentleman, in the sense in which the author employed the term, is the equal of a foreign nobleman, and protesting against its employment in any other..." (Richard Garnett, rev. Nigel Leask in the ODNB); volume approx. 4 3/4" x 7 3/4" size; bound in the original publishers dark brown decoratively blindstamped cloth, spine with gilt titles; some edge, tips wear to the binding; spine with 1/2 chip to cloth covering; solidly sewn, a few foxing-spots; in very good condition. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 24109)


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