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The History of England from the Accession of James the Second. In eight volumes
- London - Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1858 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A lovely set of Macaulay's popular History. Portrait frontispiece of Macaulay with tissue-guard to volume VIII. Binder's ink stamps of Morrell, London, to versos of front free-endpapers. Complete in eight volumes. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay PC (25 October 1800 28 December 1859) was a British poet, historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history. He also held political office as Secretary at War between 1839 and 1841 and Paymaster-General between 1846 and 1848. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second (1848) covers the period from 1685 to 1702, encompassing the reign of James II, the Glorious Revolution, the coregency of William and Mary, and up to William III's death. The Liberal historian Lord Acton read Macaulay's History of England four times, and in 1880 classed Macaulay (with Burke and Gladstone) as one of the three greatest Liberals. The History is famous for its brilliant ringing prose and for its confident, sometimes dogmatic, emphasis on a progressive model of British history. According to this view, England threw off superstition, autocracy and confusion to create a balanced constitution and a forward-looking culture combined with freedom of belief and expression. This model of human progress has been called the Whig interpretation of history. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second was begun in 1840. Macaulay published the first two volumes in 1848. At first, he had planned to bring his history down to the reign of George III. After publication of his first two volumes, his hope was to complete his work with the death of Queen Anne in 1714. The third and fourth volumes, bringing the history to the Peace of Ryswick, were published in 1855. However, at his death in 1859, he was working on the fifth volume. This, bringing the History down to the death of William III, was prepared for publication by his sister, Lady Trevelyan, after his death. Condition: In decorative half calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally excellent, very attractive with just a little shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and clean within but with heavyspotting to the endpapersand titles, and the odd handling mark. Heavy spotting to the frontispiece in volume VIII, and staining to two pages of volume IV. Ink signaturesto endpapers in allvolumes. Overall: VERY GOOD.
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