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History, Royalty, Biography of Charles V, 3 Leather Binding Books, Antique, 1864


William Robertson (1721-1793) and William Niekling Prescott (1796-1859) (authors)
The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles the Fifth with an Account of the Emperor’s Life After His Abdication
J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia: 1864
One quarter brown leather, gilt decoration on spine, marbleized boards
$250, the set

Biography of Emperor Charles V (1500-1558) originally written by William Robertson in 1769, and republished in a new edition in Boston in 1857 with a third volume written by the American historian William Niekling Prescott titled The Life of Charles V After His Abdication. This three volume set was published a few years later, in handsome decorative leather bindings.

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Due to both his paternal and maternal lineage, in the first two decades of the 16th century Charles V inherited a vast empire, including the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Burgundy, Spain and its American colonies, and the Hapsburg lands in Austria. In 1520 he was chosen successor to his grandfather as Holy Roman emperor. He sought to expand the empire and there followed a series of wars in France, Germany and Italy. He also had to contend with the Ottoman Empire to protect his Eastern European holdings. Meanwhile he contended with the Protestant Reformation, which he vigorously opposed. In his final years, he made a series of abdication, handing power over to his son, who became Philip II of Spain, and to his brother, who became Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I.

William Robertson was an ordained minister in Scotland and author of several well-regarded books including histories of Scotland, Charles V and the discovery and settlement of America, which were widely admired by his contemporaries. He was among the earliest to take an empirical approach to history.

Condition: Generally very good, the interior contents with the usual light overall toning. The covers with usual scattered wear and abrasions, restored.


“William Prescott.” (17 August 2004).

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19th Century