The History of Hungary and the Magyars: From the Earliest Period to the Close of the Late War
Godkin, Edwin Lawrence

London, England: John Cassell, Ludgate-Hill, 1853. F (7) + 380 pages; map frontispiece and illustrated throughout with historical portraits, facsimile signatures, views of important Hungarian events. The first book published by Edwin Lawrence Godkin (1831- 1902) Irish-born journal editor and publicist, who went to America and "... In July 1865, with others, he established in New York an independent weekly journal, The Nation, and after the first year took it over almost entirely as his private venture. He edited and wrote much of it until 1881...a new departure in American journalism and, though its circulation was relatively small, it influenced educated opinion...Able, widely read, a trenchant writer, and a charming friend, Godkin worked for America but was never fully assimilated. Matthew Arnold considered him 'a typical specimen of the Irishman of culture' (Ogden, Life and Letters, 2.1). His political views, deemed by some Englishmen the 'soundest' and 'sanest' in America, were those of a philosophic radical, though in later and more pessimistic years 'a disillusioned radical' (ibid., 2.238); he remained an advanced Liberal of the period 1848 to 1870. Though lacking original ideas, he was an effective communicator and crusader for good government." (C. P. Lucas, revised by Roger T. Stearn in the DNB) Approx. 7" x 10" size; marbled paper covered boards, calf leather corners and spine, red leather spine title-label simple gilt line-rules. Leather worn and rubbed, still sturdily sewn and contents clean; in very good condition. Good (Item ID: 25639)


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