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Prescott's Works

By William H. Prescott

1865-1868 - Philadelphia - J .B. Lippincott

9.5" by 6"; (xxxvi) 618pp.; (xiv) 476pp.; (xviii) 618pp.; (vi) 604pp.; (xxxiv) 488pp.; (xvi) 524pp.; (xxxvi) 527pp.; 729pp.

 

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A set of the histories of William Hickling Prescott, on of the most eminent nineteenth century American historians.

Containing The History of the Reign of Philip II (volumes I and III), The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles the Fifth by William Robertson, with An Account of the Emperor's Life After His Abdication by William H. Prescott (volumes I and II of three volumes), History of the Conquest of Mexico (Volumes I and III of three volumes only),History of the Conquest of Peru (Volume I of two volumes only), and Biographical and Critical Miscellanies.

Illustrated throughout with ten engraved plates (no collation available), including facsimiles, maps and engraved portraits.

A direct descendant of the revolutionary American officer William Prescott, William H. Prescott spent his childhood and adolescence in Boston, Massachusetts. Prescott attended Harvard University, and considered a legal career, but his poor health prevented him from working professionally and he therefore dedicated himself to a life of writing. After an extensive period of study, during which he sporadically contributed to academic journals, Prescott specialized in late Renaissance Spain and the early Spanish Empire. His works on the subject, The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic (1837), The History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843), A History of the Conquest of Peru (1847) and the unfinished History of the Reign of Phillip II (18561858) have become classic works in the field, and have had a great impact on the study of both Spain and Mesoamerica. During his lifetime, he was upheld as one of the greatest living American intellectuals, and knew personally many of the leading political figures of the day, in both the United States and Britain. Prescott has become one of the most widely translated American historians, and was an important figure in the development of history as a rigorous academic discipline.

Bookplate of D. M. Coffin to front pastedowns.

Eight volumes of sixteen only.

CONDITION

Rebacked in tree calf bindings with original boards and backstrips. Externally sound, though with some rubbing to the original leather. Three boards detached, with one joint starting. Loss to the backstrip of Volume I of the Conquest of Peru. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright, though with some scattered light spotting. Some offsetting to the tissue-guards. Overall: GOOD ONLY.

 


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