The English in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century.
In three volumes.London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1872-4 Stock Code: 137637
NotesFirst edition. After his completion of the 12 volume History of England published 1856-70, Froude began work on a new history of Ireland. As a Protestant and an English patriot, his account of the history of Ireland and his attempts to justify England's treatment of the Irish were broadly met with criticism. While Froude criticized the English for "throwing away opportunities for ruling Ireland fairly", his belief that the Irish were "not fit for self-government and needed strong firm rule" inflamed Irish-American opinion to the extent that he was forced to cut short his lecture tour in America. Froude's position on the Irish question "undoubtedly helped polarize the debate on Irish home rule into a conflict of races" (ODNB).
3 volumes, octavo (219 x 136 mm). Contemporary calf, brown and black morocco labels to spines, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to spines in compartments separated by raised bands, rules to sides in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges.
Contemporary inscription to front first prelim recto. Marbled edges a little faded, tips lightly rubbed, foxing to endpapers and a few leaves. A very good set.
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