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In three hardback volumes:

* VOLUME ONE: Chaucer to Shakespeare

* VOLUME TWO: Ben Jonson to Samuel Johnson

* VOLUME THREE: Blake to Shaw

Illustrated with illustrations (some in full colour) collected by Elizabeth Williams, and with her notes on them in each volume.

From the dust jacket.

"The purpose of this illustrated history is to provide an account of English literature attractive enough in style and presentation to be read from end to end as a book in its own right, telling an absorbing story in an engaging manner. The author records straight-forwardly what has happened in the history of English writings from Chaucer onward, with a glance at Chaucer's forerunners. The stimulating quality of this book, combined with the variety of its illustrations, should do much to increase the love of books as living things born of an infinite variety of human experience through the centuries."

"THE best feature of this book is undoubtedly the contribution of Miss Elizabeth Williams, who has selected and annotated a large number of coloured plates, engravings, and facsimiles. These portraits, title-pages and documents are always interesting and often really illuminating. The illustrations would make the book an excellent teaching instrument in schools. Such a teacher would probably conclude that her or his charges could be safely left to read the sections which deal with prose writers - Swift and Defoe are intelligently discussed. For both young and older readers, the useful illustrations, and the generally handsome production, make these books well worth the price asked."
- The Spectator (UK)

Hardbacks 1953-1955.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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