New York. Harper & Brothers. 1869. 8vo, 23cm, in 4 volumes, xii,532 &vii,,563 & x,599 & vii,(Addenda & Corrigenda), 632pp., 4 engraved frontis portraits, 1 folding engraved view (Siege of Antwerp); in half polished gilt decorated raised bands, elaborate gilt decorated borders and full panel decorations, with double crimson and black crushed morocco labels, gilt titles, matched marbled boards, endpaper and edges, a very good to fine attractive bound set. (Tr). Item #40574
The first part of this magnum opus was published in 1860 in two volumes, but was not completed until 1867.It was translated into several languages and reprinted well into the nineteenth century. Motley was, for a time, minister from the United States to Great Britain, but he is chiefly remembered for his role as eminent American historian.