London: John Murray, 1849. First Edition. Octavo. Item #029120
In three volumes. Von Ranke was the father of historicism and the critic of Hegel's "Philosophy of History" which he said was so general it resembled a product that says: "one size fits all". In these volumes he traces fortunes of the Hohenzollern family and state from the Middle Ages to the reign of Frederick the Great. His view was considered conservative and moderate, and it brought the anger of those who wanted to see in the early Prussian state a great and powerful government instead of a limited state. Bound by Morrell and by Sothern. Laid in is a page: "with the respectful compliments of Henry Sothern, Ltd." Most likely bound for the Lincoln's Inn Library with their stamp on the upper right corner of title pages and with their emblem in the last compartment of the spine. Bound in 3/4 maroon morocco over maroon cloth, raised bands, compartments lettered and decoratively stamped in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, joints split but holding well. A good set.