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The Invasion of the Crimea Its Origin And An Account of Its Progress

By Alexander William Kinglake

1863-1887

William Blackwood and Sons : London

8.5" by 5.5"

xxv, 519; xx, 526, [2]; xxviii, [3], 507; xx, 427; xxxiv, 513; xviii, 482; xxv, 375; xxiv, [1], 383pp

 

 

 

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A complete first edition set of Alexander William Kinglake's magnum opus, his detailed first-hand account of the Crimean War. A smart set, in half morocco.

Scarce to have all eight volumes as first editions. Published from 1863 to 1887. Kinglake was entrusted by Lord Raglan's widow to recount the campaign. He was sent her papers and used these alongside his own diaries, and other sources including written correspondence and interviews to produce this thorough and lengthy work. Kinglake discusses his sources in great detail to the start of volume I. These eight volumes provide a thorough outlook into the diplomatic and military history of this war from its causes to the final battle. Kinglake also provides insights into the personality and character of important individuals. One plate to volume I, eleven plates and one folding plan to volume II, one folding frontispiece and twelve plates to volume III, nine plates to volume IV, eight plates and three plans to volume V, with a frontispiece to volume VI, nine plates to volume VII, with seven plates to volume VIII. Several of the folding plans are coloured, and remain in a very bright condition. With the half-title to volume V only, the other volumes have been bound without, as is usual. Collated, all plates are present. The volumes have been bound without errata and half titles to volumes I-IV and VI-VIII. Alexander William Kinglake was an English travel writer and historian. This Crimean history is seen as his best work and it was regarded as the most effective work of its class. A lovely first edition set of this important historical study.

CONDITION

In half morocco bindings with paper covered boards. Externally, in a very smart condition with occasional marks and minor fading to the spines. Spine to volume VIII has minor rubbing. A little loss to the leather at the front joint of volume II. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Tape reinforcement to the outer edge of folding frontispiece to volume III. Tape repair to plate XII to volume III which appears to have mistakenly been cut during the rebind. Small tape repair to the rear of plate I to volume IV, plate I of volume V and plate VII of volume V not affecting the image. Several of the folding plates have been closely trimmed during the re-bind affecting the outer borders and numeration headings, not the image themselves. Folding frontispiece to volume VI is particularly spotted. Otherwise, pages across all volumes are very bright with just the occasional light spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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