CARLYLE, Thomas (1795-1881)--James Anthony FROUDE (1818-1894). Thomas Carlyle A History of the First Forty Years of His Life 1795-1835. London: Spottiswoode and Co. for Longmans, Green, and Co, 1882. 2 volumes, 8° (217 x 140mm). Etched portrait frontispieces and 4 plates by C.W. Sherbourn after G. Howard. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 181 etched, engraved, lithographic and other portraits, views and prints, the majority 19th-century, 6 hand-coloured, one colour-printed, 2 folding, and 2 manuscript facsimiles, one autograph letter signed, a clipped signature of Edward Irving, and 2 albumen photographic prints (A few plates detached but present.) FIRST EDITION.
J.A. FROUDE. Thomas Carlyle A History of His Life in London 1834-1881. London: Spottiswoode and Co. for Longmans, Green, and Co, 1885-1884. 2 volumes, 8° (217 x 140mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 239 etched, engraved, lithographic and other portraits, views and prints, the majority 19th-century, 5 hand-coloured, 2 colour-printed, 4 folding, and 4 autograph letters signed, and 3 albumen photographic prints (Y3-5 slightly damaged by adhesive, a few plates detached but present.) Volume I second edition, volume II first edition.
The two works uniformly bound in late 19th-century half green morocco gilt, the flat spines gilt in 6 compartments. titled in 2 and dated at the foot, the others decorated with central lozenges within frames, top edges gilt (extremities lightly rubbed).
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH MORE THAN 400 PLATES, 3 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED FROM CARLYLE AND AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM CARDINAL NEWMAN. The autograph letters include:
T. CARLYLE. 2 autograph letters signed to G. Crellen and one autograph letter signed to G.W. Owen, Cheyne Place, 3 February 1843 - 14 August 1849, making interesting reference to the United States - 'to prove that [American] citizens...enjoy rights and liberties which Colonists do no, would have been humiliating even to a liberal not of French origin;...the confession, that...our progress is to be attributed to our institutions has become nearly universal' - and stressing the importance of reconciliation with 'the Colonies': 'to unite kinsmen who are severed by events which dismembered an empire is a work in which all may now engage without incurring the reproach of disloyalty on the one hand, or the want of patriotism on the other'; and referring bitterly to a misunderstanding, 'This is the manner in which the good people here censure me', together 3 pages, 8° (minor tears, discolouration and weakness at folds).
Cardinal John Henry NEWMAN (1801-1890). Autograph letter signed to Mr Petre, The Oratory, Birmingham, 21 July 1866, expressing his sadness that Mr Petre's son is departing, thanking Mr and Mrs Petre for 'the kind confidence you have given us', and noting that 'he has ever been a well conducted boy', although 'his deafness has been very much against his progress in his studies and he has suffered from it, 2 pages, 12° (scattered spotting, mounted on small paper hinges).