Very Good. Item #000697
London: J.H. and Jas. Parker, 1861. First Edition. Octavo; 199pp + 8p of publisher's prospectuses bound in beaujolais boards blind-embossed on all surfaces with borders, ornaments, and pebbled ground. Gold lettering on spine.
Spine heavily browned; lettering nearly illegible. Spine frayed crown and foot. Boards sunned or browned on all perimeters; corners bumped and scuffed. Joints solid; rear hinge split from top with bottom fourth still holding. Previous owner's signature in ink at top of title page--and several margins filled perpendicular to text with previous owner's disputatious commentary, written in pencil, in meticulously tiny cursive.
Goldwin Smith, Regius Professor of History at Oxford until his resignation and move to Cornell (for a brief stint) and Toronto (until his death in 1910), here addresses the difficulties of the Irish Question with the ready verbiage, moralistic vocabulary, literary references and politically evasive rationalizations that offer no clear political action plan.