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History of the reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain. Two volumes.
London: Richard Bentley, 1855. - 2 vols., 8vo (8.75 x 6 inches). Contemporary full straight grain calf, twin black and green labels, gilt spine and dentelles, marbled edges and endpapers. Armorial bookplate of Philip Stapleton Humberston. Illustrated with fine engraved portraits, including frontispiece and a double-page facsimile of Philip's autograph letter. Some slight foxing (particularly affecting frontispiece), boards a little spotted. An impressive copy. A handsome copy of the American historian Prescott's important, although unfinished, history of Philip the Second of Spain. "That Prescott?s histories continue to be popular with scholars as well as lay readers after more than a century of criticism attests to their vitality and readability. He was the first English-speaking historian to reach a wide audience outside the Hispanic world with a history expressing the Spanish point of view. Spaniards, in Prescott?s histories, were often forerunners of progress. His empathy with the Spanish point of view still makes him the greatest Anglo-American historian of the Hispanic world." (Encyclopaedia Britannica). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: McConnell Fine Books ABA & ILAB]
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