A History of the Crusades.
The First Crusade and the Foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem; The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East; The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades.Cambridge, at the University Press, 1951-52-54 Stock Code: 139126
NotesFirst editions, first impressions. This important history of the Crusades is a "major achievement of narrative history infused by passion and at times romanticism, as a result of which he has been compared to Macaulay. Inherent in the work is regret at the deplorable failure of the crusading West to understand Byzantium and the East. Runciman's style of writing, and perhaps also his detachment from the narrow confines of academic life, gave him access to a wide cultivated readership, much of which had hitherto been quite unfamiliar with Byzantium" (ODNB). The work is becoming increasingly difficult to find as a set of first impressions in collectable condition.
3 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt. With the dust jackets.
Frontispieces, 30 plates, and 16 maps, some folding.
Spot of fading to head of spine of volume I, pale foxing to top edges; a bright, near-fine set, in the very faintly soiled, not price-clipped jackets with lightly browned spines, minor creasing to edges, small chip to head of spine of volume I.
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