Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894, 1895, 1911. Very Good.
Bibliographical Note by A. W. Pollard. English Classics edition. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf for A. C. McClurg in three-quarter purple morocco and marbled boards, spines elaborately tooled in gilt with olive morocco labels, top edge gilt, matching marbled endpapers. Very good, spines faded, a few shallow scuffs to spine ends and some rubbing to edges. Overall, a very attractive set. First published in 1837, The French Revolution covers the events from 1789 to 1795. It is a unique work that, while historically accurate, was written in a combination of prose poetry and in the present-tense first-person plural, as though the reader is witnessing the events firsthand alongside the author. Publishers Chapman and Hall had originally engaged John Stuart Mill for the work, but he instead recommended Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle. Mill stayed on through the editing process and read Carlyle's first draft, but it was mistakenly thrown in a fire and Carlyle had to rewrite the entire text from scratch. The result became a bestseller which is still in print today. The French Revolution was a renowned influence for many 19th century authors, including Mark Twain and Charles Dickens; its influence is most evident in the latter's A Tale of Two Cities.