The History of England.
From the Accession of James the Second.London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1870 Stock Code: 144884
An attractively bound set. "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 thousands 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).
5 volumes, octavo (217 x 134 mm). Contemporary tan calf, red and black morocco labels, elaborate tooling to spines gilt, separated by raised bands, school crest to front and roll to front board gilt, marbled endpapers and edges.
Contemporary inscription to front blank leaf, mild foxing to prelims, board edges rubbed. A very good set.
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