(London: John Murray, 1855). 229 x 143 mm. (9 x 5 5/8"). With 16 pp. of ads in volume III. Three volumes. Second Edition.
STRIKING 19TH CENTURY BLUE SPANISH CALF FOR ESTES & LAURIAT (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), covers with gilt-rule border and floral urn cornerpieces, raised bands, spines attractively gilt in compartments with central quatrefoil radiating scrolling foliage and with sides accented by drawer handles and gilt dots, three red morocco labels, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Spine lightly and uniformly sunned, hinge separated at final page of volume III (but no looseness), isolated inconsequential faint foxing, but a fine set--the handsome bindings lustrous and with no significant signs of wear, and internally fresh and clean.
First published in 1849, this is the principal work of the eminent American literary scholar George Ticknor (1791-1871), offered here in attractive American bindings in the distinctive Spanish calf tradition. Son of a wealthy Boston merchant, Ticknor was a child prodigy with a gift for languages who graduated from Dartmouth College when he was 16. According to ANB, the present work was based on "the manuscripts of his lectures on Spanish literature at Harvard and the Spanish sections of his 14,000-volume personal library." It is a "pioneering study" in which Ticknor indicates that Spanish literature "reflected the morality, sense of loyalty, chivalric honor, and religious extremism of typical Spaniards, while simultaneously promoting in the readers a delight in coarse and violent language and behavior. Ticknor expresses not only his intellectual response to the best Spanish writings but also his dismay at the deleterious effects on the Spanish populace of monarchical and religious despotism and bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption." Estes & Lauriat was a prominent Boston publishing and bookselling firm that commissioned fine bindings from such artisans as Tout. Our bindings are similar to the Spanish calf volumes with their unique batiked treatment popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, and seem not only pleasing to the eye but also obviously appropriate for the content here. (ST12178)
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