“THAT EXALTED PITCH OF GRANDEUR WHICH WE SO MUCH ADMIRE”: ROLLIN’S ANCIENT HISTORY, HANDSOMELY BOUND
ROLLIN, Charles. The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Grecians and Macedonians. London: William Tegg, 1855. Six volumes. Octavo, contemporary full tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red and blue morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $2200.
Later edition, illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait and 11 folding maps.
"A complete and most interesting compendium of ancient history" (Lowndes, 2121). First published in 1730-38, French historian Rollin's accounts of antiquity's empires proved enduringly popular not only in Europe but also in Revolutionary and early 19th-century America, giving the new nation a classical framework in which to view itself and its heroes. "A study of the circulation and reading of Rollin's books and of his influence on American patriotic attitudes would prove rewarding" (Lyman Butterfield). Engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I. Owner bookplates, blindstamps. Contemporary gilt inscription.
Scattered foxing to maps and text, handsome binding about fine with just a few small chips to spine labels.