THIRLWALL, Newell Connop.
The History of Greece.
The Thirlwall’s History was first published 1835–44 as part of Lardner’s Cabinet Cyclopaedia. The “work entailed prodigious labour. At Cambridge, where the first volume was written, he used to work all day until half-past three, when he left his rooms for a rapid walk before dinner, at that time served in hall at four; in Yorkshire he is said to have worked sixteen hours a day in his study. By a curious coincidence he and George Grote, his friend and schoolfellow [at Charterhouse], were writing on the same subject at the same time, unknown to each other. On the appearance of Grote’s first two volumes in 1846 Thirlwall welcomed them with generous praise … Grote in the preface to his work bore testimony to Thirlwall’s learning, sagacity, and candour” (ODNB). Solidly, attractively bound, and very well preserved.
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8 volumes, octavo. Near contemporary plum half hard-grained morocco, matching pebble-grained cloth, title gilt direct to spines, narrow bands, gilt rolls, marbled edges and endpapers. 13 maps and plans, 7 of them folding. Light shelf-wear, boards variably sunned, largely just a narrow strip at the fore-edges, but the rear board of volume VIII heavily sunned, light toning, some offsetting from the frontispiece maps, but overall a very good set.