London: John Chapman, 1856. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/4 x 6"). xii, 579, pp (Vol. 1); iv, 582pp (Vol. 2); iv, 664pp (Vol. 3). Contemporary full claf, with gold lettering and tooling to spines. Raised bands. Marbled paper edges and endpapers. Ribbon marker in each volume.
Motley's "The Rise of the Dutch Republic" is a remarkable work of amateur scholarship that familiarized readers with the dramatic events of the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule in the 16th century.
"Motley viewed the Dutch revolt as a conflict between a democratic, tolerant, and rational Protestantism and the persecuting absolutism of Roman Catholic Spain.
This work was a classic of popular history in the 19th century, though later scholarship modified Motley’s concept of the religious basis of the revolt to include constitutional and economic factors.
Motley planned to carry his history down to 1648, but he died before he could complete his work. By then he had published, in four volumes, "The History of the United Netherlands, 1584-1609" (1860-1867)." (From the Encyclopaedia Britannica).
Previous owner's armorial bookplate on inside of each front cover (Charles D. Spencer), with the motto "Dieu defende le Droit." The Spencer family is one of Britain's preeminent aristocratic families. Founded in the 15th century, it has spawned numerous aristocratic titles including the extant dukedom of Marlborough, the earldoms of Sunderland and Spencer, and the Churchill barony. Two prominent members of the family during the 20th century were British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill and British royal family member Diana, Princess of Wales.
Fly leaf of first volume, with inscription by Irish poet James Rhoades, dated April 9, 1866.
Minor to moderate rubbing and scuffing to calf. Bindings in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #45096