“SET AN EXAMPLE OF GENUINE STUDY FROM ORIGINAL SOURCES”
HALLAM, Henry. View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages. WITH: Introduction to the Literature of Europe. WITH: The Constitutional History of England. London: John Murray, 1855. Together, ten volumes. 12mo, contemporary three-quarter tan calf gilt, raised bands, black morocco spine labels, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. $1500.
Later editions of Hallam’s esteemed histories of the law and literature of Europe and England, uniformly and handsomely bound.
"Hallam's works helped materially to lay the foundations of the English historical school… [The State of Europe] was probably the first English history which, without being merely antiquarian, set an example of genuine study from original sources" (DNB). Macaulay praised The Constitutional History as "the most impartial book we ever read," a view seconded by Walter Prescott (Allibone, 769). State of Europe first published 1818; Constitutional History, 1827; Literature of Europe, 1837-39. Lowndes, 982. Allibone, 768-70. Bookplates. Owner inscriptions to title pages of Constitutional History, Volumes I and III.
A handsome set in near-fine condition.