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The Works of Lord Lytton

In Twelve Volumes

By Lord Lytton

1874-75 - London - George Routledge and Sons

7.5" by 5"; (xvii) 505pp; 423pp; (xi) 503pp; (iv) 511pp; 388pp; 447pp; (xviii) 380pp; (viii)433pp; (xvi) 633pp; (xx) 550pp; 415pp; 410pp.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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An attractive collection of some of The Works of Lord Lytton.

In twelve volumes.

With a black and white frontispiece in each volume.

The set consists of: Harold the Last of the Saxon Kings, Alice; or, the Mysteries, Night and Morning, The Caxtons a Family Picture, Ernest Maltravers, Pelham or Adventures of a Gentleman, England and the English, A Strange Story, The Last of the Barons, Athens its Rise and Fall, What Will He Do With It in two volumes.

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC (25 May 1803 18 January 1873), was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of bestselling novels which earned him a considerable fortune. He coined the phrases "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", as well as the infamous opening line "It was a dark and stormy night".

Bulwer-Lytton's literary career began in 1820with the publication of a book of poemsand spanned much of the nineteenth century. He wrote in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction. He financed his extravagant life with a varied and prolific literary output, sometimes publishing anonymously.

In 1828 Pelham brought him public acclaim and established his reputation as a wit and dandy. Its intricate plot and humorous, intimate portrayal of pre-Victorian dandyism kept gossips busy trying to associate public figures with characters in the book. Pelham resembled Benjamin Disraeli's recent first novel Vivian Grey (1827).

Bulwer-Lytton reached the height of his popularity with the publication of Godolphin (1833). This was followed by The Pilgrims of the Rhine (1834), The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), Rienzi, Last of the Roman Tribunes (1835), and Harold, the Last of the Saxons (1848). The Last Days of Pompeii was inspired by Karl Briullov's painting, The Last Day of Pompeii, which Bulwer-Lytton saw in Milan.

CONDITION

In half red calf leather bindings with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places.  Internally, generally firmly bound. Some hinges are tender. Pages are generally bright and clean. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown in all volumes. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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