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Histoire Du Consulat

Et De L'Empire

Volumes I and III-VI

By Adolphe Thiers

1845-1865 - Brussels - Meline, Cans et Compagnie

11" by 7"; 821pp; 572pp; 548pp; 600pp; 693pp.

 
 


 

DETAILS

A five volume set of this French language historical work by Adolphe Thiers, in decorative leather bindings. Of a complete set of six volumes, volume two is absent.

Thiers was a noted French politician and historian of the French Revolution, who would come to prominence as a vocal opponent of Emperor Napoleon III, who would reign from 1848-1871. As a prime minister who served several terms, Thiers was particularly noteworthy for his brutal treatment of revolutionaries during the Paris Commune of 1871, where he killed thousands.

As such, even amongst monarchist and reactionary sections of the French intellegensia of the era, his historical work is often deemed unreliable and biased, with obvious preferences toward the establishment which he initially rejected as a republican.

Thus a polarising figure, Karl Marx would describe Thiers as a "monstrous gnome" , "consistent only in his greed for wealth and his hatred for the men that produce it".

Nonetheless, the works here are particularly detailed and thorough, making for an interesting insight into the political turbulence of the era, and with several plates throughout.

Each volume contains the bookbinders' label of C.H. Debonnaire, of Brussels.

 

CONDITION

In decorative morocco bindings with gilt detailing. Externally, there is prominent wear to the boards, joints, extremities and backstrip, as well as rubbing and very significant sunning to the boards of two volumes. There is also minor strain to the hinges of several volumes. Internally, the pages are generally firmly bound and largely bright and clean, although there are instances of spotting and minor foxing throughout. Overall: FAIR

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