Very Good. Item #5789
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1842. Four Volumes from the Fourth (British) Edition. Octavos. Lacks maps. Full contemporary sheep; five raised bands to spine; spine titled and ruled in gilt.
Bookplate of Alexander Little Page Green to front pastedowns of volumes 2, 3, and 4. Appears to have been removed from volume 1. Green co-founded Vanderbilt University, supported the Confederacy, and was a leader in the Methodist church. At the time of his death, he was working on a book on fishing and was known as the "Prince of Anglers."
Napier was helped greatly in his history of Peninsular War when the Duke of Wellington handed him Joseph Bonaparte's correspondence. By the time of the publication of the final volume, Napier's history had brought him fame around Europe.
Boards are moderately worn and scuffed; corners bumped, some loss to spine title of volume 3. Spine leather darkened. Bindings are sound. Additional ownership inscription to front free endpapers. Moderate foxing and toning to pages. Some pencil markings in margins.