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Alison Archibald; History of Europe

SKU: Alison Archibald AB0610216 $89.00
History of Europe: From the Commencement of the French Revolution in 1789 to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. By Archibald Alison F.R.S.E. Advocate. Published in four volumes by Harper & Brothers New York in 1842 - 1843. Quarter leather and blue blind-stamped cloth boards with floral motif front and back. Leather spine with title author and vol. # in gilt. Double rule compartment lines and embellishments also in gilt. Shelf-wear grime edge-wear scuffs and bumps are consistent with age. Minor leather loss to foot of spine on vol. I approximately 1 cm. x 1 cm. Leather loss to the foot of spine on vol. III approximately 2 cm. x 2.5 cm. Leather loss to the head of spine on vol. IV approximately 3 cm. x 3.5 cm. Vol. I 583 pages: vol. II 600 pages: vol. III 612 pages: and vol. IV 631 pages. 6 cm. vertical tear to vol. IV back endpaper top edge middle. Pencil notation 63on back endpaper of vol. IV. Pencil notation 19to front endpaper and title page of vol. III. Pencil notation 88and JJto top front endpaper of vol. II. Pencil notation JJto top front endpaper and owners signature on title page of vol. I. No other interior marks or inscriptions. Moderate foxing and spotting substantially confined to the front and back pages of all vols. Pages are toned but supple. Text is complete. Bindings are tight. No dust jacket. Volumes measure: 15.5 cm. x 23.3 cm. (Octavo). Sir Archibald Alison 1st Baronet (29 December 1792 23 May 1867) was a British lawyer who held several prominent legal appointments historian and baronet. He was the younger son of the Scottish cleric and author Archibald Alison. Born at Kenley Shropshire he was the son of Archibald Alison a Church of England cleric and his wife Dorothea Gregory granddaughter of James Forbes 17th Lord Forbes. After studying under a private tutor and at the University of Edinburgh he was in 1814 called to the Bar at which he ultimately attained some distinction becoming in 1834 Sheriff of Lanarkshire. In 1853 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of Oxford. When travelling in France in 1814 he conceived the idea of his Modern History of Europe from the French Revolution to the Fall of Napoleon which deals with the period from the outbreak of the French Revolution to the restoration of the Bourbons and extends in its original form (1833 42) to 10 volumes. The work is one of vast industry but is extremely diffuse and one-sided and often prosy. Disraeli satirizes the author in Coningsby as Mr. Wordy who wrote a history to prove that Providence was on the side of the Tories. It had however an enormous sale. A continuation of it (1852 59) brought the story down to the Accession of Louis Napoleon. The work was popular and was translated into many languages including Arabic and Hindostee. Alison was also the author of a life of Marlborough and of two standard works on the criminal law of Scotland. He was elected Lord Rector successively of Marischal College Aberdeen and of the University of Glasgow. In 1852 he was created a baronet during Lord Derby's administration. In 1825 he married Elizabeth Glencairn the daughter of Patrick Tytler: the children from the marriage were Archibald Frederick and Eliza Frances Catherine. Both sons became distinguished British officers. He died near Glasgow Scotland at the age of 74 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his elder son Sir Archibald Alison 2nd Baronet. The 1st Baronet's autobiography was published in 1883: his portrait was painted by Robert Scott Lauder.