London: James Fraser, 1837. First Edition. One of a thousand copies printed. Bound in green three-quarter morocco over cloth boards by Riviere (appearing late 19th or early 20th century). Spines with raised bands richly decorated in gilt, gilded top-edges. Handsome maroon end-papers, each volume with the bookplate of Joseph A. Blake. Very slight rubbing to the morocco, spines toned, otherwise the bindings are in excellent condition. A handful of leaves in volume 2 with bend corners, one leaf with the corner torn off (no loss to text). Otherwise a fine, clean set internally. Complete with all half-titles, but without the terminal advertisement in volume 2.
"Of the three great political upheavals which have altered the face of the world -- the American, French, and Russian revolutions -- only the French has stimulated literary masterpieces" (PMM). Carlyle's History is among the most notable, operating as a secular dramatization of the war that intended to warn against democracy and utilitarianism. "History is the essence of innumerable biographies" to Carlyle; and in his, he used the guiding principles of Puritanism and romanticism to create a book that "moulded the popular conception of the French Revolution to the present day" (PMM).
PMM 304. Near Fine (Item #2206)