Baines (1825) History of the Wars of the French Revolution – 2 Vols Leather


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Baines, Edward.  History of the Wars of the French Revolution, from the breaking out of the war, in 1792, to the restoration of a general peace, in 1815. (Philadelphia: M’Carty & Davis, 1835). Two volumes.

Quarto. Two volumes: Vol 1) 602 pp., Vol 2) 599 pp. Hardcover. Bound in full leather.  Gilt framing on front and rear boards, edges of boards stamped in gilt decoration. Spine has four raised bands outlined in gilt lines.  All edges lightly marbled.  Illustrated with 8 illustrations in volume 1 and 11 illustrations in volume 2.

Condition: VG, minor scuffing to boards. Moderate foxing at ends of books, especially on plates though present elsewhere.  Some items left inside by prior owners have been retained for the new owner to decide on their value to the document.

Edward Baines (1774–1848) was the editor and proprietor of the Leeds Mercury, (which by his efforts he made the leading provincial paper in England), politician, and author of historical and geographic works of reference. On his death in 1848, the Leeds Intelligencer (a rival of the Mercury, and its political opponent for over forty years) described his as “one who has earned for himself an indisputable title to be numbered among the notable men of Leeds”