(London: John Murray, [ca. 1860]). 178 x 127 mm. (7 x 5"). Three volumes. 10th Edition.
VERY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY POLISHED CALF, covers with gilt double fillets and blind stippled border, raised bands, spines elaborately gilt in compartments featuring extensive scrolling floral cornerpieces and very intricate fleuron centerpiece, maroon and brown morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers. Corners of first few leaves slightly creased, isolated light marginal soiling, trivial imperfections to the bindings, but A FINE AND HANDSOME COPY, without any perceivable wear, and virtually as new internally.
An Oxford graduate and trained in the law, Henry Hallam (1777-1859) was a voracious reader of books from the age of four, and his wealth enabled him to devote himself to a lifetime of scholarly pursuits. He authored a trilogy of massive historical studies that included "The State of Europe during the Middle Ages," "The Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries," and the present book. Having in 1818 terminated the English portion of his "Middle Ages" with the reign of Edward IV and the War of Roses, the indefatigable Hallam launched into this new opus (completed in 1827), which continued his study of English constitutional history. His best-known and most influential work, it covers the Tudor and Stuart periods and terminates with the reign of George II, since, as the author writes in his preface, he wished to avoid the controversial study of his own times. Learned in the study of original documents, Hallam applies his erudition to constitutional matters and religious controversies, devoting most of the second volume to the era of the Great Rebellion. His Whig sympathies are no secret, but his study is balanced, moderate, and laudably sound. (ST10072b)
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