The History of England.
From the accession of James the Second.London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1869-1871 Stock Code: 120911
An attractively bound set of Macaulay's history. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured for the History a success such as no historical work in the English language had had since Gibbon. Each volume sold about one hundred and fifty thousand copies within a month of its publication, and the numerous reprints and translations into almost every literary language have perpetuated Macaulay's ideas almost to this day" (PMM 328).
8 volumes, octavo (170 x 115 mm). Contemporary red calf, green labels lettered in gilt to spines, gilt decorations to spines in compartments, gilt frames to covers, marbled endpapers and edges.
Minor rubbing to extremities, spines uniformly a little faded, top edges dust toned, a couple of small scratches to covers, tiny abrasion to front cover of vol. VI; an excellent set.
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