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Carlyle Thomas
FRENCH REVOLUTION A HISTORY BY THOMAS CARLYLE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY EDMUND J. SULLIVAN, ARWS
London Chapman and Hall 1910. 2 volumes. First Edition in this format and First Edition illustrated by Edmund J. Sullivan. 33 full page line drawings and a profusion of drawings in the text by Sullivan. Thick royal 8vo, beautifully bound by Baytun of Bath, England in three-quarter red-orange crushed morocco over red-orange cloth covered boards, the spines with raised bands gilt tooled and gilt ruled, gilt decorative tooling between the bands, two compartments gilt lettered, top edges gilt. xii, 418 pp; xi, 484 pp A very fine set, very handsome and beautifully preserved throughout. The bindings in excellent condition, essentially as pristine. FIRST OF THE EDITION AND FIRST EDITION WITH THE SULLIVAN ILLUSTRATIONS. Probably Carlyle's most brilliant work, THE FRENCH REVOLUTION is not so much a history as a succession of pictures, or poems in prose, featuring an abundance of demons to hate and a few heroes to admire. Charles Kendall Adams, the author of A MANUAL OF HISTORICAL LITERATURE (1888), states that "Every student of the Revolutionary period should read the book" and calls it "probably the most remarkable work ever written on the Revolution," though he suggests that it be read in conjunction with "a work of more commonplace merits." Carlyle happened upon the idea of writing a general history of the French Revolution when John Stuart Mill, a friend of his, found himself caught up in other projects and unable to meet the terms of a contract he had signed with his publisher for just such a work. Mill therefore proposed that Carlyle produce the work instead; Mill even sent hi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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