"THERE IS HARDLY A SUPERIOR OR ACTIVE MIND OF THIS GENERATION THAT HAS NOT BEEN MODIFIED BY CARLYLE'S WRITINGS" (GEORGE ELIOT)
CARLYLE, Thomas. Works. London: Chapman and Hall, 1897-1902. Thirty-one volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter tan calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $3500.
“Centenary” edition of Scottish author and historian Thomas Carlyle’s complete works, with engraved frontispiece portraits and dozens of additional plates, handsomely bound by Hatchards.
“Carlyle’s influence as social prophet and critic, and his prestige as historian, were enormous during his lifetime; George Eliot wrote ‘there is hardly a superior or active mind of this generation that has not been modified by Carlyle’s writings” (Drabble, 171). Spanning thirty volumes, this collection of Thomas Carlyle's writings covers his career from his histories to his critical essays to his biographical works. With supplementary thirty-first volume, Historical Sketches of Notable Persons and Events in the Reigns of James I and Charles I, assembled from Carlyle's notes after his death. Booklabels.
A handsome set in fine condition.