HANDSOMELY BOUND SET OF MOTLEY’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED NETHERLANDS AND RISE OF THE DUTCH REPUBLIC
MOTLEY, John Lothrop. History of the United Netherlands From the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Years’ Truce-1609. Four volumes. WITH: The Rise of the Dutch Republic. Three volumes. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1870-71. Together, seven volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter mottled brown calf gilt, raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. $1200.
Early edition of Motley’s important histories, with five engraved frontispiece portraits and a large folding map, handsomely bound.
Two of Motley’s three important histories of the Netherlands. “A picturesque, dramatic narrative of a striking series of events, gathering around a group of clearly marked personalities… suffused with a warm glow of love of political and religious liberty” (DAB) Motley, who served as United States ambassador to Austria during the Civil War and later as ambassador to Great Britain, said of his affinity for the Netherlands: “I had not first made up my mind to write a history and then cast about to take up a subject. My subject had taken me up, drawn me on, and absorbed me into itself.” First published in 1856-60.
Interiors fine, joints tender on handsome mottled calf spines.