The House in Berkeley Square: A History of the Lansdowne Club by Maria Perry

The House in Berkeley Square: A History of the Lansdowne Club by Maria Perry soon to be presented for sale on the special BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: The Lansdowne Club, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Appendix;

From the cover: Standing discreetly at the south-west corner of Londons Berkeley Square, the Lansdowne Club gives little outward sign to passers-by of its distinguished past. For those in the know, however, this noble Mayfair clubhouse is not merely a haven of civilised calm, but an architectural gem, rich in nearly two hundred and fifty years of history and legend.

Here for the first time is the full story of the House in Berkeley Square and its creators and occupants, from its construction in the 1760s by the celebrated architect Robert Adam to its later incarnation as the home of the Lansdowne Club, distinguished equally for its membership and for its sporting reputation. This wonderful change has made the house accessible to many members and guests from all over the world.

Started during the reign of George III for one Prime Minister, the ill-fated Earl of Bute, and sold while still unfinished to another, the Earl of Shelburne, the house was conceived by Adam as a beautiful and stately setting for the management of high matters of state. True to his vision, it was here that Lord Shelburne drafted the treaty that ended the American War of Independence in 1783 and here also that Shelburnes descendant, the fifth Marquess of Lansdowne, created the historic agreement between Britain and France known afterwards as the Entente Cordiale.

This skilfully woven account combines history and anecdote with personal recollections from Lansdowne Club members. Bestselling author Maria Perry is well known for her light touch, inimitable style and intimate knowledge of Mayfair and its denizens. Here she magically tells the lively and compelling story of a remarkable and memorable building, the changing nature of the society which created it, and the Club which is now, through astute and imaginative renovation, securing its future as part of our living heritage. Drawing on detailed original research from unpublished sources and beautifully illustrated throughout, The House in Berkeley Square is fascinating, informative and delightfully entertaining.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 287 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9¾” x 6¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I woo you with the cream of the crop in my History Individual Organisations catalogue?

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