London: John Murray, 1840. First English Edition. Octavos, Three Volumes; VG-; Full calf, with elaborately tooled covers, gilt tooling to spine, and morocco spine labels with gilt lettering; Boards have moderate wear to corners, light wear to gauffered edges, and light wear to leather along joints; Textblocks show light plus age-toning to marbled edges, and the bookplate of "Maud Ketteler" appears on the front-pastedown of each volume (possibly the Baroness Matilda "Maud" Ledyard Ketteler, wife of German diplomat Baron Clemens von Ketteler who was killed in the Boxer Rebellion); Marbled endpapers; CONTENTS: Vol. I. (xxiv, 528 pages) -- Vol. II. (iv, 596 pages) == Vol. III. ([vi], 416 pages). RWO.
The first english translation of a popular and influential history by German historian Ranke. Translated by Sarah Austin (nee Taylor), an editor and translator who played a key role in familiarizing the English-speaking world with contemporary German writers and thinkers, most notably Goethe and Ranke. Macaulay held this translation in high regard.