(London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1845). 241 x 165 mm. (9 1/2 x 6 1/2"). x, 420 pp.
Handsome contemporary brown pebble-grain half morocco, marbled sides and endpapers, raised bands, spine heavily and attractively gilt in six compartments with repeated motif of center lozenge surrounded by volute border, top edge gilt. Engraved frontispiece. Joints and extremities with minor rubbing, frontispiece somewhat foxed, otherwise an excellent copy, fine internally.
Philip Augustus (Philippe II, 1165-1223) was one of the great early French kings, doing much during his reign of 43 years to achieve national unity and to remove the English. The present work is a romance focusing on the king's declining years and is the fourth novel by George Payne Rainsford James (1799-1860), a prolific writer of romances, historical works, and biographies. His other works included "Richelieu," "Darnley," and "Memoirs of the Black Prince." (CAB07058)