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History of Friedrich II. of Prussia Called Frederick the Great.

By Thomas Carlyle

1859-1865

Chapman and Hall : London

9" by 6"

viii, 634pp; vii, 712pp; x, 770pp; vii, 631pp; viii, 639pp; viii, 781pp [author's advertisement]

 

 

 

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A lovely leather bound copy of Thomas Carlyle's fascinating biography of Friedrich II of Prussia, complete in six volumes.

Containing a detailed and fascinating account of the life of Frederick the Great, with particular emphasis given to his administrative reform, impact on German culture, and military activity of the eighteenth-century German state of Prussia. Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, writer, translator, historian, and mathematician, deemed by many critics as one of the most important social commentators of the Victorian era. As a respected historian, Carlyle's most famous work was his 1837 book 'The French Revolution: A History', supposedly inspired by Dickens' novel 'A Tale of Two Cities'. However, Carlyle was also renowned for this, his last major work on the life of Frederick the Great. Indeed, the book is even famous for its vivid (and arguably very biased) portrayal of Frederick's battles, in which Carlyle portrays Frederick as a 'genius', who through his leadership mastered the chaos of war. First published in 1858, this comprehensive and exhaustive biography was complete in twenty one 'Books' with an additional appendix, compiled into six volumes in this set. A third edition copy. In a lovely uniform polished calf binding with elaborate gilt detail, and attractive marbled endpapers and textblock. Collated , complete with small in-text illustrations and a portrait frontispiece to each volume, and: A map plate, and a folding 'genealogical Diagram' to volume I. Two folding maps to volume II, one of which is coloured. Three map plates to volume III, two of which are coloured and folding. one map plate, two coloured folding maps to volume IV, and a folding facsimile of a 'Secret Letter of Instructions'. Six coloured map plates to volume V, three of which are folding. Four coloured folding plates to volume VI. Featuring a single page author's advertisement to the rear of volume VI.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding with gilt detail to boards and spines. Externally, slight shelf wear to extremities. Rubbing to head of spine volume I resulting in small section of loss, with slight splitting to head of rear joint. Slight handling marks to boards, volume I. Small patches of rubbing to joints. Joints imperceptibly repaired with hinges reinforced to volume II. Hinges slightly strained but firm, tender to volume III. Internally firmly bound. Pages very bright and clean throughout, slightly age toned to edges with the odd spot. Scattered spotting to the odd plate and endpapers. Tissue guard to portrait frontispiece volume I and IV, partially detached to gutter, lacking to other volumes. Tidemark to upper extremity of frontispiece, volume III. Marking to final page of text offset to facing page, volume I and II. Small bookseller's label tipped to front pastedown, volume I, IV and VI.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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