Good. Item #4934
London: Ward, Lock, & Co., n.d. [1880?]. Octavo; [iv], 507pp. Prize binding by the Relfe Brothers, London. Leather boards with gilt emblem of Park House School, Gravesend on front, gilt border and spine ornamentation, and gilt dentelles to turn-ins. Marbled page edges. Prize bookplate on front pastedown to Mark Vernon Sanford for his July 1887 Examination. Later heraldic bookplate of Rev. Desmond Lionel Morse-Boycott on front free endpaper. Front board detached from spine along joint but still holding by two stitches. Boards otherwise with light shelfwear and some scuffing down spine and wear to spine ends. Red star sticker at top corner of front pastedown, just barely touching prize plate. Some scattered foxing, else pages unmarked. Page binding itself is sound.
First published in 1829, Milman's History took an Orientalist view of the Jewish people, with all the miracles and supernatural elements of the Old Testament explained away. A note on the verso of the title page cites a review mentioning this, and adds "In this Edition the Bible record of the miracles has been given--the "philosophical explaining away" ignored--otherwise this reprint is faithful and full."
Rev. Desmond Lionel Morse-Boycott was co-founder of the St. Mary of the Angels Song School and author of numerous books including Ten Years in a London Slum, Being the Adventures of a Clerical Micawber. We are unsure what became of Mark Vernon Sanford. This copy most recently from the library of author, journalist, and speechwriter William Safire.