Problems of Greater Britain.London: Macmillan and Co., 1890 Stock Code: 115748
First edition, an interesting association copy, with the engraved bookplate of Pandeli Ralli (1845-1928), Liberal member of parliament (for Bridport, 1875-80, then Wallingford until 1885), member of the famous Greek merchant family, and longtime confidant of Lord Kitchener, to the front pastedowns. Dilke's essay on imperial defence predicted the threat to an increasingly overstretched British Empire which was posed by the growing military strength of the European powers; the title echoes that of his most popular work, Greater Britain, an account of a year-long tour of the colonies undertaken as a young man, and an influential apology for empire. In 1904, as Liberal member of parliament for the Forest of Dean, he founded the committee of imperial defence.
2 volumes, octavo (215 x 138 mm). Contemporary green crushed half morocco by Birdsall, flat bands to spines, compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, green cloth sides, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers.
5 folding colour maps.
Spine-ends lightly rubbed, tips bumped and worn, small nick to fore edge of vol. 2 front board, mild spotting to edges, prelims and endleaves, these flaws minor: a very good copy.
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