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The History of England

From the Accession of James the Second

In Six Volumes

By Lord Macaulay

1913-15 - London - Macmillan and So., Limited

10" by 6.5"; (xxxvi) 516pp; (xx) 518-1039pp; (xix) 1042-1532pp; (xx) 1534-2082pp; (xix) 2623pp; (xv) 2626-3105pp.

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A set of The History of England by Lord Macaulay.

Edited by Charles Harding Firth.

Complete in six volumes.

With numerous illustrations.

Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, PC (25 October 1800 28 December 1859) was a British historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer; his books on British history were hailed as literary masterpieces.

Macaulay held political office as the Secretary at War between 1839 and 1841 and the Paymaster-General between 1846 and 1848. He played a major role in introducing English and western concepts to education in India.

He supported the replacement of Persian by English as the official language, the use of English as the medium of instruction in all schools, and the training of English-speaking Indians as teachers.

In his view, Macaulay divided the world into civilised nations and barbarism, with Britain representing the high point of civilisation. He was wedded to the Idea of Progress, especially in terms of the liberal freedoms. He opposed radicalism while idealising historic British culture and traditions.

During the 1840s, Macaulay began work on his most famous work, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, publishing the first two volumes in 1848. At first, he had planned to bring his history down to the reign of George III.

After publication of his first two volumes, his hope was to complete his work with the death of Queen Anne in 1714.

The third and fourth volumes, bringing the history to the Peace of Ryswick, were published in 1855. At his death in 1859 he was working on the fifth volume.

This, bringing the History down to the death of William III, was prepared for publication by his sister, Lady Trevelyan, after his death.

CONDITION

In blue cloth bindings with gilt lettering to the spines and front boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. There is some minor bumping to the tops and tails of the spines. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean with some browning to the end-papers. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown in all volumes. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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