Title: Introductory Lectures on Modern History ...
Publisher: Fellowes, London
Publication Date: 1860
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 5th Editionxi, 315 printed pages. Engraved, armorial, prize book plate on front free endpaper from Henry Butler, Master of Harrow School to Leighton Hope Edwardes dated 1860. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Silk ribbon place-marker. Ink inscription dated 1889 on blank prelimnary leaf. Sporadic foxing throughout. 14.5 x 22.5 cm. Contemporary full, diced terracotta calf. Spine in five compartments with raised bands. Gilt hand-tooled Harrow emblems (two arrows in saltire, points downward, tied in the centre with a bow) to cover and spine (slight rubbing to joints and edges. Corners slightly worn). The headmaster of The Rugby School from 1828-1841, Thomas Arnold was also an historian, and father of poet Matthew Arnold and novelist Mrs. Humphry Ward. The lectures discuss the difference between ancient and modern history, the magnitude of modern history, the transition to internal history, England after the revolution, and the credibility of history. Together with Arnold's inaugural lecture, they are transcribed here exactly as they were delivered, and provide a reflection of the reality of 19th schooling. This particularly apt title was bound in a similar way by the same binder, by J. C. Wilhee, Harrow, over the years as a school prize binding. Rev. Leighton Hope-Edwardes (1843-89) went on to become Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln's Inn, afterwards in Holy Orders, some time Vicar of Ash, co. Salop. His widow gifted this prize copy of her late husband in the year of his death, to her nephew. Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918) was an English academic and clergyman, who served as headmaster of Harrow School from the age of 27 years old (1860-85), Dean of Gloucester (1885-86) and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1886-1918).