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The Works of John Morley

In Nine Volumes

By John Morley

1898-1901 - London - Macmillan and Co

7" by 4.5"; (xv) 365pp; (xii) 351pp; (xv) 365pp; (xiii) 337pp; (xi) 348pp; (xiv) 347pp; (x) 338pp; (xii) 384pp; 347pp.

 

 
 
 


 

DETAILS

A uniformly bound set of a collection of some of the literary works of John Morley.

The set consists of Diderot in two volumes, Voltaire, Rousseau in two volumes, Critical Miscellanies in three volumes and Studies in Literature.

John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn OM, PC (24 December 1838 23 September 1923) was a British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor. Initially a journalist, he was elected a Member of Parliament in 1883. He was Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1886 and between 1892 and 1895, Secretary of State for India between 1905 and 1910 and again in 1911 and Lord President of the Council between 1910 and 1914.

Morley was a distinguished political commentator, and biographer of his hero, William Gladstone. After the death of Gladstone, Morley was principally engaged upon his biography, until it was published in 1903. Representing as it does so competent a writer's sifting of a mass of material, the Life of Gladstone was a masterly account of the career of the great Liberal statesman; traces of Liberal bias were inevitable but are rarely manifest; and in spite of the a priori unlikelihood of a full appreciation of Gladstone's powerful religious interests from such a quarter (Morley was an agnostic), the whole treatment is characterised by sympathy and judgement. The work was very successful, selling more than 25,000 copies in its first year.

Morley is best known for his writings and for his "reputation as the last of the great nineteenth-century Liberals". He opposed imperialism and the Boer War, and his opposition to British entry into the First World War led him to leave government in 1914.

Morley devoted a considerable amount of time to literature, his anti-Imperial views being practically swamped by the overwhelming predominance of Unionism and Imperialism. His position as a leading British writer had early been determined by his monographs on Voltaire (1872), Rousseau (1873), Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (1878), Burke (1879), and Walpole (1889).

Morley was a Trustee of the British Museum from 1894 to 1921, Honorary Professor of Ancient Literature at the Royal Academy of Arts, and member of the Historical Manuscripts Commission. He was Chancellor of the Victoria University of Manchester from 1908 until 1923 when he resigned.

CONDITION

In green half calf leather bindings with green cloth covered boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. Joints are starting but firm. There is some evidence of previous damp staining. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown in Diderot etc volumes I and II, Voltaire, Rousseau volumes I and II and Critical Miscellanies volumes I, II and III. There are also two bookbinder's stamps to the verso of front free end papers in all volumes. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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