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L'Histoire de France

Depuis les Temps les Plus Recules Jusqu'en 1789

By M. Guizot

1872 - Paris - Librarie Hachette

10.5" by 7.5"; (iv) 578pp.; 574pp.; 564pp.; 570pp.; 598pp.

 

DETAILS

A history of France, from Roman times to 1789.

Illustrated throughout with 227 plates, including two coloured maps.

The fifth volume has been edited by Madame de Witt.

There were two further continuation volumes sometimes seen with this set but not here.

Guizot's influence was critical in expanding public education, which under his ministry saw the creation of primary schools in every French commune. But as a leader of the "Doctrinaires" , committed to supporting the policies of Louis Phillipe and limitations on further expansion of the political franchise, he earned the hatred of more left-leaning liberals and republicans through his unswerving support for restricting suffrage to propertied men, advising those who wanted the vote to "enrich yourselves" (enrichissez-vous) through hard work and thrift.

As Prime Minister, it was Guizot's ban on the political meetings (called the Paris Banquets, which celebrated the birthday of George Washington) of an increasingly vigorous opposition in January 1848 that catalyzed the revolution that toppled Louis Philippe in February and saw the establishment of the French Second Republic.

 

CONDITION

In half-calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally, sound, though with some wear to the extremities. Some white marks to the leather also. Four joints are slightly starting. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright, and quite clean, with just a few instances of foxing to the first and last few pages. Ink signature to the front free-endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright, though with some scattered instances of foxing. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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