Queens of England
6 Volumes Leather, 1848
Queens of England

Agnes Strickland (1806-1874)
Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest;
with Anecdotes of their Courts

Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia: 1848
Quarter red leather, gilt spine, marbleized boards,
six volumes
Octavo, 8.25 x 5.5 inches, overall
$600, the set

Queens of England

Set of six attractive leather bound books containing twelve volumes providing biographical accounts of the Queens of England from Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, to Queen Anne, who reigned at the beginning of the 18th century.  The books make extensive use of official records and other public documents and include numerous extracts from them, as well as providing interesting information about manners and customs.

Agnes Strickland was an English historical writer, specializing in biographical studies of British royalty.  She began her literary career writing historical romances in verse, published while she was in her 20s.  She then turned to authoring prose histories for young people.  Then, with her sister’s assistance, she undertook the ambitious project of producing The Lives of the Queens of England, which appeared over a period of several years beginning in 1840.  In the meantime, she also edited the letters of Mary, Queen of Scots for publication in 1843.  In addition to an abridged version of her Queens of England she also authored The Lives of the Queens of Scotland (eight volumes 1850-59), The Bachelor Kings of England (1861), The Lives of the Seven Bishops (1866) and Lives of the Last Four Stuart Princesses (1872). In 1871, she obtained a civil-list pension in recognition of her achievements.

Condition: Generally very good, the interior contents having usual light overall toning and scattered foxing.  Title pages with handwritten inscriptions.  Covers very good with usual scattered wear and soiling.  Some weakening of spines where attached to covers, though intact.

Reference:

“Agnes Strickland.” 1911 Encyclopedia.com.  2002-2003.  http://58.1911encyclopedia.org/S/ST/STRICKLAND_AGNES.htm (24 August 2004).


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