New York: Harper & Brothers, 1873-1874. Early edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/2 x 6 1/2"). xii, 532pp (Vol. 1), vii, , 563, pp (Vol. 2); x, 599, pp (Vol. 3); vii, , 632pp (Vol. 4). Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and tooling to spines. Marbled paper edges, and marbled endpapers. Tissue-guarded frontispiece portraits in each volume. Large folded map in first volume, as issued.
Early edition of one of John Lothrop Motley's important histories. Spanning 25 years that changed the face of European history, this work starts with the death of William the Silent (1584), a silence which only refers to one phase of his life, when he refused to speak out in direct opposition to the Spanish king who oppressed the Netherlands, but he did not stay silent for ever, and it was when he broke out in rebellion that he set in motion the events that led to the Twelve Years' Truce, an armistice signed in Antwerp on April 9, 1609 between Spain and the Netherlands, creating the major break in hostilities during the Eighty Years' War for independence conducted by the Seventeen Provinces in the Low Countries.
Minor and sporadic rubbing along edges of binding. Large folded map with minor creasing and sporadic closed tears. Binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #45094
About the author: John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877) was an American author, best known for his two popular histories The Rise of the Dutch Republic and The United Netherlands. He was also a diplomat, who helped to prevent European intervention on the side of the Confederates in the American Civil War.