1853 Critical and Historical Essays, Contributed to the Edinburgh Review
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Finely bound, in uniform full morocco bindings. Bookseller's ticket to the verso of front endpaper, 'James Maclehose'.
Bookplate to the front pastedown, an armorial crest with the motto 'Virtute'.
A bright copy of this work, complete in three volumes.
Macaulay's writings are famous for their ringing prose and for their confident, sometimes dogmatic, emphasis on a progressive model of British history, according to which the country threw off superstition, autocracy and confusion to create a balanced constitution and a forward-looking culture combined with freedom of belief and expression. This model of human progress has been called the Whig interpretation of history. To these volumes there are essays on individuals such as Leigh Hunt, Madame D'Arblay, Lord Bacon, Gladstone, William Pitt and Machiavelli. There is a true range to the subjects discussed, and these volumes give a taste of the talent Macaulay had as an author.
In full calf bindings, with gilt stamps to the spines. Externally, generally smart with light rubbing to the joints and extremities. A few light marks to the boards. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright. Occasional light spots to pages.
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