Edinburgh and London: James Hogg and R. Groomridge & Sons, 1857. Hardcover. Uncommon. In his introduction the author writes: "What is the justifying purpose of this pamphlet at this moment: Its purpose is to diffuse amongst...the middle classes, whose daily occupations leave them small leisure for direct personal inquires, some sufficient materials for appreiciating the justice of our British pretensions and attide in our coming war with China." De Quincey continues throughout to revile the Chinese and to justify again and again the rectitude of England's conducting war against them. Bound in three quarter red leather with red and blue marbled boards. Spine with six compartments with leather title label. Leather worn and scuffed along corners and spine joint. All edges decorated. Bookplate apparently removed from front pastedown. Interior pages clean and bright. Very good condition. Measures 5.25 x 8.25 inches. 152 pages. ENGHIS/022621. Very Good.
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