MOTLEY, John Lothrop (1814-1877)
The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. 3 vols, octavo. (8 13/16 x 5 3/4 inches). 579, frontispiece; 582; 664pp.
Contemporary half tan calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments, red and green morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers. Fine.
A complete set of the first edition of this important work.
John Lothrop Motley was an American diplomat and historian, known for his most famous work, "The Rise of the Dutch Republic," which detailed the dramatic events of the Eighty Years' War, the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule in the 16th century. The work became a bestseller in the United States and dominated Americans' perceptions of the Dutch war for independence for some fifty years.