RICARDO, HUME, WASHINGTON: STATESMEN AND MEN OF LETTERS OF THE TIME OF GEORGE III: “AMONG THE BEST OF LORD BROUGHAM’S WRITINGS”
BROUGHAM, Lord Henry. Historical Sketches of Statesmen who flourished in the Time of George III. Three volumes. WITH: Lives of Men of Letters and Science who flourished in the Time of George III. Two volumes. London: Charles Knight, 1839-43, 1845, 1847. Together, five volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, gilt-lettered spines, decorative cloth boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. $1200.
Uniformly bound set of Brougham’s two major works, with three volumes in first edition and two published within a year of the first.
Each volume is profusely illustrated with numerous full-page engraved portraits of Hume, Gibbon, Voltaire, Edmund Burke, Erskine, David Ricardo, George Washington, and others. Brougham’s works met with both critical and popular acclaim. “These are among the best of Lord Brougham’s writings, and we are satisfied will be cherished as valuable contributions to the literature of his country, ages after the names and works of many of his enemies are forgotten” (London Economist, Allibone I, 254).
Only the most minor foxing throughout. Handsomely bound by W. Worsfold. Near-fine condition.