London: John Murray, 1818. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (10 3/4 x 8 3/4"). XVI, 530, pp (Vol. 1); VII, , 654, pp (Vol. 2). Original 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and tooling to spines.
Published in 1818, "View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages" is British historian Henry Hallam's first major work. Presented by its author as a series of historical dissertations for the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century, the work consists of nine long chapters: The first five dealing with the histories of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and of the Greek and Saracenic empires. The remaining four chapters deal with major institutional features of medieval society: the feudal system, the ecclesiastical system, and the political system of England. The last chapter sketches society, commerce, manners, and literature in the Middle Ages.
Henry Hallam was the father of the celebrated poet Arthur Henry Hallam, who died in 1833 at the early age of 22.
Bindings rubbed along edges, with sporadic abrasion to calf. Tail of spine of second volume partly chipped. Gilt-lettered titles on spines faded. Moderate foxing to very first and very last leaves of each volume, otherwise, minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Bindings in overall fair, interior in good to very good condition. f to vg. Item #41454