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Collection of three books with autograph letters from Froud to John Skelton. The Late Mr. Carlyle's Papers; The Two Chiefs of Dunboy: An Irish Romance of the Last Century; Reminiscences of Thomas Carlyle (2 volumes)
Longmans, Green & Co, 1881 - 1889. Longmans, Green & Co, 1881 - 1889. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. This is an interesting collection of three books from the library of Sir John Skelton (1831-1897) the Scottish author and lawyer. He was a good friend of author and historian J.A. Froude (1818 - 1894) who in turn was a close friend of the great Victorian figure, Thomas Carlyle, with whom he worked for years. After Carlye's wife, Jane, died in 1866, Carlyle read her diaries and struck by her unhappiness, wrote her a memorial in which he was highly critical of himself. He named Froude the literary executor of his will and asked him to publish the memorial along with some of his wife's papers after his death. The publication "Reminiscences" (included for sale in this collection) led to a large controversy which began when Carlyle's niece accused Froude of misconduct for having published the material. At the time Froude was writing a biography of Carlyle in which he discussed both positive and negative qualites of his friend's character, as was the style of the biographies that Carlyle himself had written. Froude's biography was highly criticised for including Carlyle's personal character flaws. In his defense Froude printed a pamphlet titled "The Late Mr. Carlyle's Papers" (included for sale in this collection) containing a series of letters between himself and Sir James Stephens, a friend who was also involved in the controversial publication of Carlyle's papers. The publication did little to exonerate Froud. & & Reminiscences by Thomas Carlyle, edited by Froude, was published in two volumes by Longman's Green & Co. in 1881. With three page tipped in letter to Skelton accepting an invitation to visit. First page of letter browned but legible. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with gilt title, author, and editor to spine. Browning to page edges. Very good condition. Volume I: 338 pages. Volume II: 341 pages. & & The Late Mr. Carlyle's Papers. London: Spottiswoode & Co., 1886. Printed for Private Circulation. Scarce. In original paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Includes tipped-in letter from the author addressed to Skelton and also a laid in photographic postcard of the poet Alfred Austin, which is signed by him on both sides. Browning to margins and a few smudges to covers. Clean interior. 28 pages; & & The Two Chiefs of Dunboy: An Irish Romance of the Last Century. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. First Edition. Includes tipped-in typed slip reading "from the author" and also a three page handwritten signed letter from the author to Skelton, which has been pinned to the half title page. A newspaper clipping from the St. James's Gazette dated January 29, 1891 is laid in (with no relevent text). Bound in original dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Occasional spots of foxing throughout and to edge of textblock. 456 pages plus 16 pages of advertisements. LIT/031414& & Reminiscences by Thomas Carlyle (2 volumes). London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1881. Includes two pinned-in letters from the author to Skelton, one in the front of each volume. Bound in original full green cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and blind stamped designs to corners of boards. A few spots of foxing to edges of textblocks and to interiors. The spines are slightly rolled. 338 pages in volume I and 340 pages in volume II. LIT/022414.
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