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History of Europe
- Edinburgh and London - William Blackwood and Sons 1854 - %0D%0AA collection of Sir Archibald Alison's works on the History of Europe. %0D%0AAn incomplete set, comprising differing editions, in nine volumes. %0D%0AThe set consists of: Volume I 1774-1789, Volume I Continuation: 1815-1852, Volume II: 1789-1793, Volume IV: 1796-1799, Volume IV Continuation: 1815-1852, Volume V Continuation: 1815-1852, Volume VI: 1801-1805, Volume VI Continuation: 1815-1852 and Volume VII: 1805-1807. %0D%0ASir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet GCB FRSE (29 December 1792 23 May 1867) was a Scottish advocate and historian. He held several prominent legal appointments. He was the younger son of the Episcopalian cleric and author Archibald Alison. His elder brother was the physician and social reformer William Alison. %0D%0AWhen travelling in France in 1814 he conceived the idea of his expansive History of Europe from the commencement of the French revolution to the restoration of the Bourbons. %0D%0AThis multi-volume set is usually regarded as Alison's chief historical work and is considered to be the first scholarly English-language study of the French Revolution. Published in ten volumes between 1833 and 1843, History of Europe was revised and reprinted many times throughout the century, including numerous foreign language editions. The work is one of vast industry, contain[ing] a wealth of information communicated in a vigorous though wordy style. %0D%0ADisraeli satirises the author in Coningsby as Mr. Wordy, who wrote a history to prove that Providence was on the side of the Tories. Such criticism notwithstanding, History of Europe proved to be a huge commercial success. Alison also composed a comprehensive survey of the military campaigns of the Duke of Marlborough, as well as two standard works on the criminal law of Scotland. %0D%0ACondition: %0D%0AIn full calf leather bindings with gilt embellishment to the spines and boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. There is some minor loss to the leather. There is some minor bumping to the tops and tails of the spines on some volumes. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean with some scattered light foxing. Overall: VERY GOOD. %0D%0A%0D%0A [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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