1872 Histoire de la Revolution Francaise, M.A. Thiers. 10 volumes, complete. Illustrated


Handsome on the shelf, and filled with interesting illustrations, this is a great edition of M.A. Thiers classic French Revolution work.

About the Work -

M.A. Thiers was a French statesman and historian. He was the second elected President of France, and the first President of the French Third Republic. His celebrated Histoire de la Révolution française, founded his literary reputation and boosted his political career. The first two volumes appeared in 1823, the last two (of ten) in 1827. The complete work of ten volumes sold ten thousand sets, an enormous number for the time. It went through four more editions, which earned him 57,000 francs (the equivalent of more than a million francs).

The history of Thiers was particularly popular in liberal circles and among younger Parisians. It praised the principles, leaders and accomplishments of the 1789 Revolution (though not the later Terror), and condemned the monarchy, aristocracy and clergy for their inability to change. The book played a notable role in undermining the legitimacy of the Bourbon regime of Charles X, and bringing about the July Revolution of 1830. The work was praised by the French authors Chateaubriand, Stendhal and Sainte-Beuve, was translated into English (1838) and Spanish (1889), and won him a seat in the Académie française in 1834. It was less appreciated by British critics, in large part because of his favorable view of the French Revolution and of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Physical Attributes -

Each volume measures approx. 22 x 13.5 x 3 cm. Leather spines with marbled paper covered boards. Spines with five raised bands; four compartments framed in gilt with a central floret, the other two with title and volume in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Edges sprinkled green, with matching ribbons.

Condition -

See pictures. Boards and spines with some shelf and edge wear. There is some light foxing in the text blocks. The tissue guards over the paper are foxed. Volume 2 has one torn corner (no text). The light textblock foxing seems limited to the first several volumes and the endpapers; the tissues are foxed through all volumes. Volume 7 has a fore-edge margin moisture mark, approx. 6 cm long, no text touched, 1st third of the book. Volume 8 has a 5 cm fore-edge margin moisture mark, no text touched, rear 1/3 of book. Occasional foxing along exposed fore-edge of text blocks. Despite any condition notes, a handsome set on the shelf, very readable, filled with interesting illustrations.

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