Lives of the Queens of England.
From the Norman Conquest. Compiled from official records and other authentic documents private as well as public.London, George Bell and Sons, 1885 Stock Code: 137763
NotesAn attractive set of Strickland's Lives of the Queens of England, originally published between 1840 and 1848. While the laborious undertaking was carried out by Agnes and her sister Elizabeth, they appeared under the former's name only at Elizabeth's request. The series was widely praised and became an important landmark in the development of the biographical genre. While viewed by modern readers as overtly didactic, the Strickland sisters were "undoubtedly key figures in the development of writing on women's history, playing a role in creating a tradition of female worthies" (ODNB).
8 volumes, octavo (224 x 140 mm). Contemporary calf, red morocco labels, gilt titles and floral motifs in compartments to spines, raised bands, gilt triple fillet border to covers, gilt edges and inner dentelles, top edges gilt, others uncut, pink endpapers. Partly unopened.
Frontispieces and 49 plates, all with tissue guards, and vignettes to title pages.
Spines toned, covers lightly scuffed, tips rubbed and bumped, offsetting from leather turn-ins to front free endpapers, otherwise a very good set.
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