The History of Europe from the Commencement of The French Revolution to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. (Bound uniformly with) The History of Europe from the Fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the Accession of Louis Napoleon in 1852.
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1854-75. 24 volumes, 8 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set of this great history, absolutely complete with both parts and the usually absent atlas volume. Bound in classic Victorian full calf by Dale (binder's stamp in the atlas volume), with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have gilt and blind fillets framing the gilt armorial block. This is the best and largest edition with 25 full page engraved portraits in the first set. There are 108 hand coloured maps and battle plans plus a frontispiece in the atlas. The Atlas is the same height as the volumes of text but is landscape in format (11 inches deep). Some speckling to the boards of the atlas which also has some foxing to the plates. The text volumes are all fine. This is Sir Archibald Alison's great historical work and is considered to be the first scholarly English language study of the French Revolution.