(London: Henry Colburn, 1842-48). 195 x 120 mm. (7 3/4 x 4 3/4"). 12 volumes. Second Edition.
Contemporary russia, covers with single gilt rule frame, raised bands, spine panels with central anular dot surrounded by scrolling cornerpieces, marbled endpapers and edges. Frontispiece portrait of Matilda, consort to William the Conqueror, title page vignette engraving of Matilda with the Bayeux tapestry. Front pastedown with bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt. With a few scratches to boards and light wear to joints and top edge of spine, but remarkably clean and fresh internally, and a copy in excellent condition overall, of this collection of biographies valued for their reliance on original sources, covering the lives of British queens from Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, to Mary II (d. 1694, joint ruler with her husband William III), and her sister Anne (reigned 1702-14).
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PJP Catalog: 74.174