Social and Diplomatic Memories 1884-1893 - Sir James Rennell Rodd G.C.B. 1922 - Edward Arnold & Co., London - Second Impression The autobiography of 1st Bron Rennell (1858-1941), British diplomat, poet (Oscar Wilde assisted in publishing Rodd’s first book of poems), politician, and scholar of ancient Greece and Rome.

Covering the early years from his childhood, the ‘Balliol set’, and young Bohemian adulthood, to his first posting in Berlin from 1884 to 1888, where he became an intimate friend of the Empress Frederick, and recounts his memories of Bismark and other major figures during that tumultuous time, after this he moves on to Greece, Italy, France, and finally Zanzibar and East Africa at the end of the 19th century.

Finely bound and with a four page hand-written letter from his wife to an ‘unknown friend’, composed at the British Legation, Athens in February 1928.
  pp. [4] [4 page inserted letter] xi[1] 356, 16 (publisher’s ads of autumn 1922) [6].   Bound by John Grabau in contemporary quarter green morocco over matching patterned cloth, spine in six compartments lettered and tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, pale green endpapers.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 108755   Price: HK$ 2,000