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1838 THE HISTORY OF GREECE W. MITFORD 8 VOLUME SET FULL LEATHER XERXES PERSIA WAR MILITARY RARE
THE HISTORY OF GREECE1838; William Mitford, William King; London, T. Cadell; Full Leather, Re-backed; Illustrated; Each About 500-600 Pages; w5.6"xh8.6"; Very Rare!!!Great For any Fan of the Famous Author or Collector.  Great Shelf Set; Complete in Eight Volumes!!!Attributes:Eight Charming, sleek full leather cover designs with gold borders, re-backed leather bindings with ornate gold floral décor, with eight pretty coin illustrative title pages, a portrait frontispiece, and a fascinating history read!!!Background:William Mitford (10 February 1744 ?" 10 February 1827), English historian, was the elder of the two sons of John Mitford, a barrister (died 1761) and his wife Philadelphia Reveley.He married Miss Fanny Molloy in 1766, the daughter of James Molloy of Dublin. He retired to Exbury for the rest of his life, and made the study of the Greek language his hobby and occupation. After ten years his wife died, and in October 1776 Mitford went abroad. He was encouraged by French scholars whom he met in Paris, Avignon and Nice to give himself systematically to the study of Greek history. But it was Edward Gibbon, with whom he was closely associated when they both were officers in the South Hampshire Militia, who suggested to Mitford the form which his work should take. In 1784 the first of the volumes of his History of Greece appeared, and the fifth and last of these quartos was published in 1810, after which the state of Mitford's eyesight and other physical infirmities, including a loss of memory, forbade his continuation of the enterprise, although he painfully revised successive new editions.Condition:Conditions are Good/Good+.  Some wear to edges/boards, missing a little leather to some corners, last volume missing some leather to lower front board, wear near edges, spotting to end pages, pages/hinges/text blocks are very good for over 175 years old!!!
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