The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 1

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In he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow, a position with no administrative duties, often awarded by the students to men of political or literary fame; he also received the freedom of the city. In , the voters of Edinburgh offered to re-elect him to Parliament. He accepted on the express condition that he need not campaign and would not pledge himself to a position on any political issue. Remarkably, he was elected on those terms. However, he seldom attended the House, due to ill health; indeed his weakness after suffering a heart attack caused him to postpone for several months making his speech of thanks to the Edinburgh voters.

He resigned his seat in January, Macaulay sat on the committee to decide on subjects from British history to be painted in the new Palace of Westminster. The need to collect reliable portraits of noted figures in British history for this project led to the foundation of the National Portrait Gallery, which was formally established on 2 December Macaulay was amongst its founder trustees and is honoured as one of only three busts above the main entrance.

His health made work increasingly difficult for him. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. Macaulay's political writings are famous for their brilliant ringing prose and for its confident, sometimes dogmatic, emphasis on a progressive model of British history, according to which the country threw off superstition, autocracy and confusion to create a balanced constitution and a forward-looking culture combined with freedom of belief and expression. This philosophy appears most clearly in the essays Macaulay wrote for the Edinburgh Review.

But it is also reflected in the History; the most stirring passages in the work are those that describe the "Glorious Revolution" of His tendency to see history as a drama led him to treat figures whose views he opposed as if they were villains, while characters he approved of were presented as heroes.

The History Of England From the Accession Of James II by MacAulay, Thomas Babington

Macaulay goes to considerable length, for example, to absolve his main hero William III of any responsibility for the Glencoe massacre. Macaulay's nephew, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, wrote a best-selling "Life and Letters" of his famous uncle, which is still the best complete life of Macaulay. His great-nephew was the Cambridge historian G.

During his first period out of office he composed Lays of Ancient Rome, a series of very popular ballads about heroic episodes in Roman history.

The most famous of them, Horatius, concerns the heroism of Horatius Cocles. During the s he began work on his most famous work, 'The History of England from the Accession of James the Second', publishing the first two volumes in , the next two volumes appearing in At first, he had planned to bring his history down to the reign of George III.

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After publication of his first two volumes, his hope was to complete his work with the death of Queen Anne in However, at his death in , he had finished only one further volume. Publishers tooled black cloth. Gilt lettering to spine. Good binding and cover. Wear to extremities. Chipping and loss to head of spine.

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Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. This is an oversized or heavy book that requires additional postage for international delivery outside of Canada and the US. Very Good Plus. Illustrated slipcase, boards and throughout. The corners and spine are not bumped and show no shelf wear. Foreword by Richard J. Introduction by Peter Rowland.

The slipcase has two bumps at the top and base of the rear of the slipcase. Evans, introduction by Peter Rowland, each volume illustrated with colour plates. Seller: Keogh's Books Published: , Condition: , the books are in fine condition, slipcase has a few light signs of wear, in very good condition Edition: First Edition thus.

Leather Bound. Quarter bound in contemporary calf skin leather. Corners bound. Marbled boards. Gilt embossed spine with labels and vol. Good binding and boards.

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Moderate shelf wear. Rubbing to boards and spines. Slight bumping to corners. Front board seperated on Volume 1. Spine label missing on Volume 4. Marbled endpapers. Slight staining to extremities of pages. Otherwise, pages are clean and unmarked. Macaulay approached The History in a unique manner, fusing the picturesque, dramatic style of classical historians such as Thucydides and Tacitus with the learned and factual approach of his 18th century precursors such as Hume, following the plan laid out in his own earlier "Essay on History.

Williams Complete set of Macaulay's magnum opus, bound in maroon cloth, lettered and decorated in gold on spines. Top edges gilt. Illustrated with full page plates, with tissue guards, throughout. No date provided, though the first edition by Williams was published in and the present set appears to date from No previous ownership marks. All volumes protected by new acetate wraps. Macaulay was a man of his time, that is to say a Victorian ethnocentric imperialist who divided the world into civilized nations and barbarism, with Britain representing the apex of civilization.

His historical works, while no longer praised for their historiography, have been hailed as literary masterpieces.

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A very clean, sound, unmarked set, exhibiting only minor wear to tips and spine ends and some mild marginal toning to text. Extra postage will apply. Complete in 5 volumes in two slipcases, as published. First two volumes , remaining three volumes Elegant decorated blue cloth. Beautiful condition perfect for a gift. London: Folio Society, Hardcover Octavo in slipcase.

Very good. London: The Folio Society. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Near Fine copies in Very Good Slipcases. Five volumes in two slipcases.

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Each book has previous owner's bookplate to the front free endpapers. Handsome blue cloth with gilt decoration to face and spine. Light coloured slipcases, with portrait ofMacaulay to the face, are lightly marked with a sticky tape repair to the top edge of the first one. This is a heavy item and will cost more to ship internationally. Please contact us for a precise quote for your part of the world.

Originally published between to Seller: Adelaide Booksellers Published: and Edition: 1st thus.