London: George Bell and Sons, 1882. Item #03234
The Best Edition of the “Lives of the Queens of England”
STRICKLAND, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest. Compiled from Official Records & Other Authentic Documents, Private as well as Public. With Portraits of the Queens. In Eight Volumes. London: George Bell and Sons, 1882.
Eight octavo volumes (8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 220 x 143 mm.). Eight engraved frontispieces, eight added vignette title-pages, twenty-nine engraved portraits and various facsimiles of the relevant Queen's signature. General index at end of last volume.
Bound by Samuel Tout (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper) in contemporary three quarter red morocco over marbled boards with double gilt rules. Spines with five raised bands, richly tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. With the ink signature of Caroline S. Whitney on top blank margin of title-pages.
A fine set of the best edition with a portrait of every queen.
Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), “born in London, was the daughter of a landed family and began her literary career as a poet. Later she turned to fiction with a historical basis for children and eventually to the short biographies for which she is remembered: The Lives of the Queens of England from the Norman Conquest (1840-48) and The Lives of the Queens of Scotland, and English Princesses (1850-59). Agnes Strickland was a popularizer; though her books were popular and very useful to teachers for many years she is hardly read now” (The Cambridge Guide to English Literature).
Victorian binder Samuel Tout worked out of Nassau Street in Soho, London 1868-79. He then partnered with William Coward in a bindery in Whitechapel but in 1880 continued on his own in the same location.