Proctor, Major.


Lindsay & Blakiston, Philadelphia, 1st U.S., ed., Thus, 1854, (Revised). 480 pp., over 150 engravings including a tissue-guarded frontis + t-p., ill. Original red cloth ; gilt illustrations to front & rear covers + spine ; blind decorative tooling ; 24 x 16cm. Cloth rubbed back to the board along edges & corners with some loss to the spine ; some internal foxing o/w V.G. In 1854, the author published his acclaimed history of the Crusades in a superb edition featuring over 150 engravings of the pivotal figures and events from this crucial period in history. The Preface begins… "At the present time, when a misunderstanding concerning the Holy Places at Jerusalem has given rise to a war involving four of the great Powers of Europe, the mind naturally reverts to the period when nearly all the military power of Europe made a descent on Palestine for the recovery of them from the possession of the infidels. It would seem that the interest in these places is still alive ; and the history of the Holy Wars of Palestine during a considerable portion of the Middle Ages, may be supposed to form an attractive theme for the general reader. Under this impression Major Proctor’s excellent "History of the Crusades" has been carefully revised, some additions made, a series of illustrative engravings, executed by first-rate artists, introduced, and the edition is now respectfully submitted to the public…No other historian of the Crusades has succeeded in comprising so complete and entertaining a narrative in so reasonable a compass." VERY SCARCE. No Copies Listed on COPAC.

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