(Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1847-48). 183 x 120 mm. (7 1/4 x 4 3/4"). 20 volumes. Seventh Edition.
EXCEPTIONALLY FINE CONTEMPORARY TREE CALF, boards with gilt floral scroll frame, raised bands, spine panels with central fleuron surrounded by anular dots and scrolling floral cornerpieces, red and green morocco labels (two with gilt titling, one small circular volume number), marbled endpapers and edges. With frontispiece portrait of Alison. Front pastedown with bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt. Trivial imperfections (insignificant scratches to boards, very minor rubbing to top edge of spines, a bit of foxing limited to endpapers), but AN EXTRAORDINARILY ATTRACTIVE COPY IN NEARLY PRISTINE CONDITION of the first scholarly survey of the French Revolution in English, written by the prominent Edinburgh legal figure and historian Alison (1792-1867) and first published from 1833-43.