One of Twain's Favorite Books Lecky, William Edward Hartpole [1838-1903]. History of European Morals from Augustus to Charlemagne. London: Longmans, Green, And Co., 1869. Two volumes. xviii, 498; x, 423 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary three-quarter morocco over cloth, blind tooling to joints, raised bands and gilt title and date to spine, marbled endpapers, top-edge gilt. Light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge of Vol. I starting at head, later morocco bookplate (of Oscar Sutro) to front pastedowns, recent ownership signature to front endleaf and recent ink stamp and pencil annotations to rear endleaves of Vol. I. Light toning to interior, light foxing and brief recent pencil annotations in a few places. A handsome set. $100. * First edition. Lecky was an Irish historian and political theorist who wrote several works on the social and political histories of England and Ireland. His History of European Morals was a favorite of Mark Twain and a significant influence on The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Oscar Sutro [1874-1935] was a distinguished lawyer and important collector of rare books.
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