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FREEMAN, Edward A.

The History of The Norman Conquest of England, its Causes and its Results.

Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1877-9 Stock Code: 114578
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Third edition, revised. A particularly handsome set. A magisterial history which was to have a profound influence on the development of English historiography. "The longest of Freeman's works, the best remembered and the most influential was begun on 7 December 1865, when he was forty-two, at the height of his physical and mental powers. He wrote to Hook, "I have actually sat down to make a distinct History of the Norman Conquest, which I can do easier than anybody else, as I have worked so much at the subject for twenty years past" (Stephens Life and Letters of I, p.333). The massive demy octavo volumes appeared in rapid succession, with the fifth and last (except for the general index) in 1876. As he progressed, he revised and expanded the earlier volumes, using interleaved copies. The rejected prize essay of 1846 had been inflated to gigantic proportions" (ODNB).

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6 volumes, octavo (219 x 139 mm). Contemporary brown crushed half morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, brown cloth boards, plain endpapers, top edges gilt.


With several folding maps.


Bookseller's small ticket to top of front pastedown in volume 1 and top of front free endpapers throughout, some occasional mild foxing, an excellent set.


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