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Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1843. 3 volumes. Early printing in original three-decker format. With a number of engraved portraits and other illustrations. 8vo, very handsomely bound in fine dark-blue morocco over marbled boards, the spines with raised bands gilt stopped, compartments with fine decorated panels gilt, two compartments lettered in gilt, covers with gilt border lines, t.e.g. cxxiv, 411; xvi, 531; xviii, 509 pp. A very handsome set in fine order and a pleasing state of preservation. SCARCE IN FINE BINDING AND A VERY HANDSOME SET INDEED OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK. William Prescott was known as one of the United States’ foremost historians. At the time that Prescott undertook this project, no English speaking historians had explored Spanish history using Spanish sources. With the increasing liberalization of the government at the time of his writing, he was able to take full advantage of primary sources that had been previously inaccessible to scholars. Additionally, he drew upon literary, political and traditional historical sources to give a more complex, and ultimately more complete interpretation of the history at the time. Interestingly, Prescott had lost his sight at the beginning of this project and was thus forced to rely on a reader for all of his research. Prescott’s work begins with a rigorous explication of Spanish history during the Middle Ages and an account of Spain’s political conditions in the fifteenth century. There is also a discussion of the Moors and the development of the Inquisition. As a description of the critical period of Spanish history when Spain was consolidated into one of the first nation-states from a number of smaller kingdoms, this work remains unrivaled. This was Prescott’s first history, taking ten years of his life to complete. Its superior qualities were recognized throughout Europe and America, putting his reputation at the head of American historians.
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