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THRICE INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPIES

CARLYLE, Thomas. History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, called Frederick the Great.

London. Chapman and Hall, 1858-65 First editions.
8vo. In six volumes. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume. Terminal publisher's advertisement catalogues to Vols. II, III, and IV. Original publisher's blind-stamped red cloth, lettered in gilt. Extremities a trifle rubbed, marked, and sunned, top-edges dusty. Very occasional light spotting, overall internally clean and crisp. Inked presentation inscriptions to FFEPs of Vols. I, III, and V. Vol. I signed and inscribed: 'To Dr Russell, Thornhill, with many regards & thanks, T. Carlyle, Chelsea, 1 Oct. 1858', Vol. II similarly signed and inscribed by Carlyle, dated 15th August 1862, and Vol. V. signed and inscribed to Russell from Carlyle, dated 1865.
First editions of the complete set of Scottish historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle's (1795-1881) last major work; a monumental biography of Prussian King Frederick the Great (1712-86). It was issued over seven year in six volumes, two more than was initially intended; the ordeal is said to have led to the author experiencing bouts of depression.

In this presentation set three volumes are inscribed by the author to Dr. Russell, of Thornhill, Dumfrieshire, with whom the author's wife, Jane, lodged during trips to Scotland whilst Carlyle visited with family in the area. A trusted medical confident, Carlyle frequently consulted Russell on treatments for his partner's ailments.

Rarely appearing inscribed as such; we could locate only a single other presentation set having gone through the rooms since 1950 (inscribed to Erasmus Darwin, Sothebys, 1967, fetching $182). Interestingly, that set was also thrice inscribed, as here, in the first, third and fifth volumes.
£ 1,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 21096