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The History of England - MACAULAY, Thomas Babington - 1849. 
London: for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,, 1849-61. From the accession of James the Second. 5 volumes, octavo (220 x 138 mm). Contemporary crushed half morocco by Zaehnsdorf, gilt-ruled raised bands to spines forming compartments, second and third lettered in gilt, coronet devices gilt to remaining compartments, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt, bottom edges untrimmed. Armorial bookplate of Iltyd Thomas Mansel Nicholl (1828-1885), Royal Navy captain and son of John Nicholl (1797-1853), Conservative MP for Cardiff, to the front pastedown, above the slightly later figurative bookplate of Henry Castleman. Pale marking to morocco, occasional mild spotting and staining to vols. 1 and 2. A very good set. An attractively bound mixed set, comprising fourth editions of volumes one and two, first editions of the remaining volumes. "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).
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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