(London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1868). 222 x 146 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 3/4"). 4 p.l., 687 pp.
LAVISHLY GILT CONTEMPORARY BLACK HALF CALF BY BAIN (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), raised bands decorated with gilt roll, spines in six compartments, two of these with titling labels of red or black, the other four quite intricately gilt with a large central filigree ornament framed by scrolling leafy cornerpieces, marbled boards, edges, and endpapers. Trivial wear to corners and top of spine, but a nearly fine copy in an attractive binding, the leather unusually lustrous and the text very clean and fresh.
This is another of Charles Knight's popular "Half Hours" series this time focusing on the history of Britain. The son of a Windsor publisher who kept a bookshop, Charles Knight (1791-1873) was an author, journalist, and publisher of books and periodicals. He edited several "Half-Hours" books in addition to the present set, including one on "Best Authors" and another featuring the "Best Letter Writers." Many of his works, including these series and his "Penny Cyclopedia," "Pictorial Shakespeare," and "Popular History of England," were designed to make history and the classics more available to the "plain Englishman" who did not have the benefit of a public school education. (ST11462a-153)
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PJP Catalog: 63.3