A set of The Popular History of England by Charles Knight.
Five volumes of the complete eight.
Volume I covers the period from the invasion of Caesar to the end of the reign of Edward III, Volume II covers the period from the reign of Richard II to the reign of Edward VI, Volume III covers the period from the reign of Edward VI to the reign of Charles I, Volume IV covers the period from the civil war of the reign of Charles I 1642, to the commencement of the reign of William and Mary 1689 with a complete index to the four volumes and Volume V covers from the revolution of 1688, to the accession of George I.
With numerous black and white illustrations to all volumes.
Charles Knight (15 March 1791?9 March 1873) was an English publisher, editor and author.
Besides many illustrated editions of standard works, including in 1842 an edition of the works of William Shakespeare entitled The Pictorial Shakspere, which had appeared in parts (1838?1841), Knight published a variety of illustrated works, such as Old England and The Land we Live in and The Pictorial Gallery of Arts - Useful Arts, the latter based on the Great Exhibition of 1851.
He also undertook the series known as Weekly Volumes, himself contributing the first volume, a biography of William Caxton. Many famous books, Harriet Martineau's Tales, Anna Brownell Jameson's Early Italian Painters and G. H. Lewes's Biographical History of Philosophy, appeared for the first time in this series.
In 1853 Knight became editor of The English Cyclopaedia, essentially a revision of The Penny Cyclopaedia. Knight also launched the Local Government Chronicle in 1855, and at about the same time he began his Popular History of England (8 vols., 1856?1862).
In addition to being the editor and author of Penny Magazine and Penny Cyclopedia, and other popular works, Knight wrote The Results of Machinery (1831) and Knowledge is Power, which was published in 1855. In 1864 he withdrew from the business of publishing, but he continued to write nearly to the close of his long life, authoring The Shadows of the Old Booksellers (1865), an autobiography under the title Passages of a Working Life during Half a Century (2 vols., 1864?1865), and an historical novel, Begg'd at Court (1867).
In red cloth bindings with gilt lettering to the spines and gilt embellishment to the boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. There is some minor bumping to the tops and tails of the spines. Spines are also sunned. There is also some discolouration to the front board. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean with some scattered foxing. Overall: VERY GOOD.
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