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    George Grote. A History of Greece. London: John Murray, 1872.

    Ten octavo volumes. With a photoengraved frontispiece of a bust of Grote in volume I, and several engraved maps and plans, nearly all of which are folding, and two of which have been colored by a contemporary hand.

    Contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, spines ruled and stamped in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, marbled edges and endpapers. Ownership inscription of Charles D. Suell, A.A. Ch[rist's] Ch[urch] Folkestone to the top of the title page in each volume, all dated 1889. A few instances of marginalia in contemporary blue pencil. Occasional light foxing. A few signatures standing proud. Some volumes with hinges starting. Overall a very good set.

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    "Although as biased as Macaulay's History of England and less scholarly than Mommsen's 'Roman History', Grote's History of Greece can be bracketed with these two works. Like them, it was received with universal acclamation, was translated into French and German, shaped the European conception of its subject-matter throughout the nineteenth century, and still merits respect as a monument of industrious Victorian scholarship" (Printing and the Mind of Man 321 describing the first edition).


    Printing and the Mind of Man 321 (first edition).

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