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Histoire Du Consulat et de L'Empire

Volumes IV-XI, XVI, XIX and XXI

By Adolphe Thiers

1845-1869 - Leipzig - J.P. Meline

9" 5.5"; 472pp; 365pp; 446pp; 545pp; 558pp; 478pp; 403pp; 372pp; 564pp; 538pp; 642pp.

 
 


 

DETAILS

A set of eleven volumes of Adolphe Thiers' Histoire Du Consulat et de L'Empire, in very attractive leather binding.

Comprising of the volumes IV-XI, as well as volumes XVI, XIX and XXI, of a twenty-one volume set, the works here nonetheless offer a interesting if somewhat biased portrait of nineteenth century France, written by its second elected President.

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 frontispiece plates throughout.

CONDITION

In decorative calf binding with gilt detailing. Externally smart, there are some light markings and wear to the boards, joints and extremities. Internally, the pages are generally firmly bound, aside from some strain to volume X, and the pages are generally bright and clean throughout, aside from various instances of spotting. The index of cities to the rear of the final volume is adhered to itself, with only its first page readable. Overall: VERY GOOD.


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