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Cyclopaedia of English Literature

A history, critical and biographical, of British authors, from the earliest to the present times

Edited by Robert Chambers

In two volumes complete

First Edition

1844 - London and Edinburgh - Wiilliam and Robert Chambers

10" by 7" - 672 & 717 pp

 

DETAILS

Two leatherbound volumes with decorative gilt tooling to spines and brown cloth covered boards.

A first edition which is in two volumes complete, and is illustrated with small black and white woodcuts.

Robert Chambers (10 July 1802 17 March 1871), was a Scottish author and publisher.

He united with his brother William as partners in the publishing firm of W. & R. Chambers. William Chambers started a weekly publication under the title of Chambers's Edinburgh Journal (known since 1854 as Chambers's Journal of Literature, Science and Arts), which speedily attained a large circulation. Robert was at first only a contributor. After fourteen numbers had appeared, however, he was associated with his brother as joint editor, and his collaboration contributed more perhaps than anything else to the success of the Journal.

Among the other numerous works of which Robert was in whole or in part the author, the Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen (18321835), the Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844), the Life and Works of Robert Burns ( 1851), Ancient Sea Margins (1848), the Domestic Annals of Scotland (18591861) and the Book of Days (18621864) were the most important.

The Cyclopaedia of English Literature contains a series of admirably selected extracts from the best authors of every period, "set in a biographical and critical history of the literature itself."

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm with all covers and pages securely attached. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners andheavy rubbing to the boards and spines. The cloth is starting to peel away in a few sections on the boards. The spine label is missing from Volume II and the bottom section of the spine is cracked at the hinges. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright, although slightly age-toned, with the occasional handling mark and isolated spot. There is a small annotation in red ink to the page on Alexander Pope. There is an ink signature to the front blank endpaper of each volume. Overall the volumes are in good only condition.

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