HANDSOMELY BOUND SET OF FRENCH HISTORIES BY LAMARTINE
LAMARTINE, Alphonse de. History of the Girondists. WITH: History of the Restoration. WITH: History of the French Revolution of 1848. London: Bell and Daldy/Henry G. Bohn, 1856-1872. Together, eight volumes. Octavo, contemporary threequarter emerald straightgrain morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, top edges gilt. $1400.
Early editions, with steelengraved frontispiece portraits.
Three histories of France by Alphonse de Lamartine, diplomat and minister of foreign affairs during the Revolution of 1848. Lamartine has been credited with quelling the insurrection of May 15th, 1848, but soon after fell out of favor and returned to literary work. History of the Girondists, is considered his greatest prose work, followed by the later histories of the Restoration and Revolution.
Slight marginal waterstaining to frontispieces, title pages and outer edges of some volumes (not affecting engravings). A very handsome set.