Macaulay, Thomas Babington - The History of England in the Eighteenth Century. Folio Society. 1982 reprint. Macaulay was, probably, the world's first literary millionaire. 'I shall not be satisfied', he once said unless I produce something which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable novel on the tables of young ladies.' The first two volumes of his History of England broke all previous records as best sellers on their appearance, and when the third and fourth volumes came out, taking the History as far as 1697, the advance orders alone were for 25,000 copies. Sadly, a coronary thrombosis slowed down the output of this astonishing brain, and when Macaulay died in 1859 he had drafted only a few chapters of the fifth volume. However, Peter Rowland has had the brilliant idea of himself compiling the missing volume by assembling a chronological account of English history from 1697 until 1830 from the Essays Macaulay did write, from his reviews, and from his other miscellaneous writings. As Professor Kenyon says, this creative editing has done sterling service not only in discovering, as it were, a new masterpiece, but also in introducing a new age and a new public to the intellectual brilliance, the fantastic narrative control, and the coruscating wit that poured effortlessly and endlessly from the best equipped mind in Victorian England. (Folio Society). 10" x 6¼", 318pp plus 12 plates, red buckram, front-board and spine blocked with gold decoration, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated in monochrome with historical material. Probably unread; spine very slightly sunned; fine; complete with near fine slip-case.
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