1902 · London and New York:
by GREEN, John Richard (1837-1883).
London and New York:: Macmillan, 1902., 1902. 4 volumes. Tall 8vo. lv, , 468; [vii], [lv]-lxxxiv, -931; [vi], [lxxxv]-cxi, -1409; [vii], [cxii]-cxxxv, -1906 pp. Color frontis., plates, figs, index. Later gilt-stamped polished black half-calf over dark blue cloth, gilt-stamped red calf spine labels, top edges gilt, with original printed wrappers bound in. Fine. First published in 1874, the intent of this work, according to Green, "is defined by its title; it is a history, not of English Kings or English Conquests, but of the English People. At the risk of sacrificing much that was interesting and attractive in itself, and which the constant usage of our historians has made familiar to English readers, I have preferred to pass lightly and briefly over the details of foreign wars and diplomacies, the personal adventures of kings and nobles, the pomp of courts, or the intrigues of favourites, and to dwell at length on the incidents of that constitutional, intellectual, and social advance in which we read the history of the nation itself." –from the Preface. In this light, Green's history might be best understood as an early work of sociology, interested as it is in the developments of people rather than those of nations.
(Inventory #: RW1092)