The Works.London, George Routledge & Sons, Limited, 1895-8 Stock Code: 135734
NotesA handsomely bound set of Lytton's novels. Lord Lytton (1803-1873), alongside his role as a Member of Parliament and a minister, was also perhaps the most popular historical novelist of his day. "Time and again, it was the intellectual content of Lytton's fiction which his contemporaries singled out as its main distinguishing feature. Whether anatomizing the social causes of crime, exhuming representative episodes in history, or analysing the dynamics of spiritual aspiration, his novels were habitually grounded in a rigorous examination of moral, political, and philosophical issues. Each in its own way was designed as much to educate as to entertain; by 1837 he had become 'the metaphysician-novelist of England' (Monthly Magazine, 24.541)" (ODNB).
29 volumes, octavo (178 x 121 mm). Near-contemporary red half morocco by Palmer Howe & Co. of Manchester, spines lettered in gilt on blue morocco labels, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers and edges.
Lean to spine of vol. I, some volumes a little rubbed. A very good set.
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