New York: Harper & Brothers, 1858. Early Edition. Octavos, 3 volumes; VG; bound in 3/4 brown leather, marbled boards, paneled spines with back and burgundy labels in two compartments, gilt lettering, gilt tooling to compartments; mild wear; marbled text block, endpapers; bookplate to front pastedowns of Wilbur J. Carr.; interiors clean; shelved above Europe.
Wilbur John Carr (1870-1942) was an American diplomat. He was the third of three senior State Department officials—the first being William Hunter and the second Alvey Augustus Adee—whose overlapping careers provided continuity and good management in American foreign policy for over a century, from the administration of President Andrew Jackson until that of Franklin D. Roosevelt. They have been given the moniker of The Three Great Civil Servants.;
John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877) was an American author, best known for his two popular histories The Rise of the Dutch Republic and The United Netherlands. He was also a diplomat, who helped to prevent European intervention on the side of the Confederates in the American Civil War. [wikipedia]