A Very Fine Set of George Grote's "History of Greece"
GROTE, George. A History of Greece; From the Earliest Period to the Close of the Generation Contemporary with Alexander the Great. A New Edition. In Eight Volumes. With Portrait, Maps, and Plans. London: John Murray, 1862.
Eight octavo volumes (8 1/2 x 5 9/16 inches; 215 x 141 mm.). Engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I, engraved maps and plans (some folding, some hand-colored).
Bound ca. 1900 by Zaehnsdorf for John Wanamaker (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper) in full tan calf. Covers with gilt double fillet border with gilt corner ornaments, spines richly tooled in gilt with five wide slightly raised bands and red and green morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges decoratively ruled in gilt, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. A very fine set.
"Although as biased as Macaulay's History of England and less scholarly than Mommsen's ĎRoman 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).
Brunet II, col. 1764.
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