Benson, Arthur Christopher. The Life of Edward White Benson Sometime Archbishop of Canterbury. London: Macmillan, 1899. First Edition. 8vo. Full Calf. Good+. Two volumes complete – Volume One – xii, 648pp and Volume Two – viii, 852pp. Full calf, double title and author leather labels to spines, gilt to spines, edges and inner edges, t.e.g., marbled endpapers.
Title labels chipped with small amount of loss, author label to volume two absent. Slightly rubbed to extremities. Light foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional marginalia and lines in pencil, generally fairly bright. Previous owners booklabel to front pastedown. Photographic postcard of Benson tipped in to front endpaper of Volume one, with cut signature of Benson and related letter tipped in to front endpaper of Volume two, together with a few related newspaper cuttings laid in to rear. Binding is by / for Sotheran.
“Benson, Edward White (1829-1896), archbishop of Canterbury … in 1858, on Temple’s recommendation, Benson was appointed by Prince Albert to the headmastership of Wellington College … Benson succeeded in creating one of the great public schools of England … (first) Bishop of Truro, 1877-1883 … Archbishop of Canterbury, 1883-1896” (Oxford DNB)