Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was one of the foremost nineteenth-century historians in the Whig tradition, which saw history as a series of developments towards enlightenment and democracy. He believed that the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 had preserved England from the constitutional upheavals suffered by much of Europe in 1848. Using a ...
Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was one of the foremost nineteenth-century historians in the Whig tradition, which saw history as a series of developments towards enlightenment and democracy. He believed that the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 had preserved England from the constitutional upheavals suffered by much of Europe in 1848. Using a wider range of sources, including popular literature, than was then usual, and written in an accessible, novelistic rather than academic style, this five-volume work proved hugely influential upon contemporary historians and phenomenally successful with the public, although it was not without its critics. The first two volumes, published in 1848, were by 1849 in their third edition, which is reissued here. Volume 2 deals with the reign of James II, the invasion of William of Orange, the flight of James, and negotiations between Parliament and William and Mary on the constitutional arrangement by which they would become monarchs.
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Good with no dust jacket. Foxing throughout, top of spine is very worn. Owners name on end paper dated 1849; Volume 2 only. Worn brown boards with gilt lettering. Unmarked pages, with foxing, sound binding; Vol. 2; 1.75 x 9.5 x 6.25; 617 pages.
Acceptable. Hardcover no dj. Acceptable condition-only fair condition with signs of extensive handling and use. Dark brown cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine and decorative embossing to covers. Head/heel of spine are quite chipped. Frep has old notations in pencil. Foxing to end papers. Previous owner's label inside front cover. In sealed plastic protection. 1856. Hardcover no dj.
Fair. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Late 19th Century. Front board detached. Shelf wear, edge wear, and minor soiling to boards. A couple of the front pages are detached, however the book appears to be complete. Solid copy with clean pages.
Fair. Fair. No dust jacket. ~clean text, tight binding, moderate wear to interiot and exterior, moderate foxing, hinges cracked, 2 volume set. 1046 p. brown cloth over boards, gold lettering. Published by Phillips, Sampson & Co. in 1852.
Telling a story from a point of view is a matter far different from telling a story with a point to prove or a bone to pick. For this reason, the historical scholarship of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, regardless of country of origin, is like a refreshing blast of Arctic air: invigorating and irritating at the same time. The purpose is to tell a story, and the point of view is obvious and for that reason can easily be seen through, as compared to the modern historian whose work is of a purpose opaque, so that only the point to be proven is seen and in which the underlying story of history is merely a watermark vaguely glimpsed in the distance. Very much in the tradition of Gibbon, this is a work that may be read in its entirety but is best browsed, either used as a reference or simply opened at random. The well-kept 19th century editions are as much a pleasure to handle and to see as to read.
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