London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and J. Ridgway, 1816. Hardcover. A collection of over 200 speeches by Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), an Irish statesman who served in the House of Commons of Parliament for many years. The speeches in this collection address a wide array of topics including the French Revolution, the economy, East India company affairs, exchanging prisoners with America, the American Revolution, Irish trade bills, American Loyalists, the King's illness, abolition of the slave trade, impeachment of Mr. Hastings, and more. Published nearly 20 years after his death, most of the speeches were given between 1767 and 1794. "Delivered as these speeches were, upon great and comprehensive questions, and containing Mr. Burke's opinions upon a variety of subjects that come home 'to the business and bosoms of men,' it is confidently hoped that they will, in their present collected form, be alike conductive to the reputation of the orator and the best interests of society" (introduction). All four volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with title and volume labels to spines. All have been rebacked and restored using the original spine leather. Despite the restoration, the spine leather is heavily cracked, chipped, browned, and worn; however, the bindings remain tight and secure. One of the four title labels is modern. The interiors are clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Bookplate of William Robert Bevan to front pastedowns of each volume. Volume I: 457 pages; Volume II: 494 pages; Volume III: 544 pages; Volume IV: 511 pages. ENG/040820. Very Good.
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London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1877. Hardcover. This is the most famous work by English historian and biographer, James Anthony Froude (1818 - 1894). Originally intending to be a clergyman, Froude ultimately turned from this career after publishing a novel that questioned the Christian faith. Very good in three-quarter tan leather over marbled paper boards with leather title and volume labels to spines. Gilt decoration to spines. Minor wear to edges, corners, and spine ends of all volumes. Occasional pulls and small chips to leather. Marbled endpapers and marbled edges. Clean, bright interiors overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. Tight bindings. An attractive set despite noted condition issues. Each volume is about 600 pages. This set may require an additional shipping fee. ENG/021519. Very Good.
London: Cassell and Company, 1890-1892, 1894. Hardcover. Volume one only of a five volume series. This volume contains 36 black and white portraits accompanied by a brief, adulatory biographical piece. Subjects are drawn from many spheres of British society and culture, with an emphasis on royalty, the aristocracy, the stage, and the arts. Among those included are the Duke and Duchess of Fife, Sarah Bernhardt, Archbishop of Canterbury, Price of Wales, Frederick Leighton, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. This is an ex-library volume with the bookplate of the City of York Public Library affixed to the front pastedown. In what was probably an effort to discourage readers from taking photographs, the library applied an unobtrusive but visible embossed stamp to the margins of the photos, not affecting the portrait itself. Despite these factors the photographs are still interesting and attractive. Bound in brown cloth with floral borders to front boards and titles in gilt to front and to spines. Some bumping and rubbing, remains of small white stickers at foot of spine, but otherwise in quite good condition. Save for the small embossed stamps, the photographs are in very good condition. 96 pages plus photographs. PHOTO/081017. Very Good.