Original Letters, Illustrative of English History; including numerous Royal Letters from Autographs in the British Museum, and One or Two other Collections. With Notes and Illustrations.
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London: Harding, Triphook, and Lepard, et al. 1825- 1846. Second edition in three series, comprising eleven volumes in uniform bespoke bindings. Small octavo (20 cm) in half leather over textured cloth, gilt titles in red panels, five raised bands with gilt decoration, rubricated edges, tinted endpapers. Each volume with a portrait, landscape, or fold-out copy of a manuscript letter. Some foxing and off-setting to prelims, especially the first page or two; binding and text are otherwise tight and clean. Ellis makes a case for the importance of original documents in the generation of historical narrative, suggesting that unless it is anchored in the actual words of the actors, the historian may fall victim to fancy. The first letter in Volume I is a fragment of a letter by Henry V dated early in the fifteenth century; the final letter in Volume XI, written in 1790, begins with a rather long apologetic ramble (It seems he was somewhat tardy with his reply) from George Washington to the Earl of Buchan. Quite a pleasing set taken all round.
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