Macaulay's Two Essays on the Earl of Chatham.London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1901 Stock Code: 146355
An attractively bound copy of the historian and Whig politician Lord Macaulay's essays on William Pitt the Elder, first published in Macaulay's internationally famous Critical and Historical Essays (1843).
A man of literature, Macaulay (1800-1859) "was not a natural politician. He was a fine orator in a parliament which still admired elaborate, polished, and learned speeches on great occasions, but he was too proud to use the common methods of acquiring and keeping political influence and too fastidious for intrigue" (ODNB). His rhetorical flair, however, shone in his five-volume work The History of England (1848), a landmark of Whig historiography.
Quarto (228 x 180 mm). Early 20th-century brown half morocco, cloth sides ruled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, floral motifs to compartments in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.
Spine very slightly faded, else a fine copy.
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