Title The Pictorial History of England Being A History Of The People As Well As A History Of The Kingdom [6 Vols.] / During the Reign of George the Third ... [4 Vols.] .
Publisher London : Charles Knight and Co., 22, Ludgate Street 1837-1844 0
Seller ID 44216
"Illustrated with many hundred wood-cuts of monumental records; coins; civil and military costume; domestic buildings, furniture, and ornaments; cathedrals and other great works of architecture; sports and other illustrations of manners; mechanical inventions; portraits of the kings and queens; and remarkable historical scenes." A very good 10 volume set in matching full leather bindings. Thick 8vo. 10.25" x 7.00" x 2.00". Original green calf with blind stamp and gilt border. Edges rubbed and bumped, corners carefully strengthened. Spines with four raised bands, highlighted in gilt. Blind stamp decorated compartments and bright gilt title and volume labels. Marbled page edges (faded), and matching green marbled endpapers. Inner hinges carefully strengthened. Each volume has an ornamental title-page added (date 1837 in vol. 1). Light foxing to preliminaries, otherwise clean English text and illustrations throughout. A very good set, but heavy and may require extra to send overseas. Referenced by: NSTC 2C41973 / Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature, No. 30282 / Morbey 64. ** "George Lillie Craik (1798–1866) was a Scottish writer and literary critic. Born at Kennoway, Fife, he was educated at the University of St. Andrews, and went to London in 1824, where he wrote largely for the "Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge." In 1849 he was appointed Professor of English Literature and History at Belfast. Among his books are The New Zealanders (1830), The Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties (1831), History of British Commerce (1844), and History of English Literature and the English Language (1861). He was also joint author of The Pictorial History of England, and wrote books on Edmund Spenser and Francis Bacon. One of his younger brothers was the Hebraist and theologian Henry Craik. His second daughter was the novelist Georgiana M. Craik." - See Wikipedia *** "Charles Macfarlane (1799–1858) was a Scottish writer, known as much for his historical and travel works as he was for his novels. He was the son of Robert Macfarlane. From January 1816 to May 1827 he lived in Italy. In 1827, he went to Turkey and resided for sixteen months in Constantinople and the Turkish provinces. Macfarlane returned to England on 2 February 1829, settling in London, and supported himself by writing. He was for many years on Charles Knight's staff. Accompanied by his eldest son, then 16, Macfarlane returned to Turkey in 1847. On his way home, in the summer of 1848, they visited Messina and made a tour through the kingdom of Naples, the Abruzzi, the marches of Ancona, and Rome. In July 1857 he was nominated a poor brother of the London Charterhouse, where he died on 9 December 1858. Macfarlane's most substantial work was the Civil and Military History of England, part of Knight's Pictorial History of England, edited by George Lillie Craik.