The Early History of Venice from the Foundation to the Conquest of Constantinople A.D. 1204 by Francis Cotterell Hodgson
True First Edition, Published by George Allen, London in 1901
Signed Full Leather Prize Binding by Bicker’s & Sons
Near FINE Condition
Binding Details: Custom signed full leather prize binding by Bickers & Sons, Leicaster, Great Britian bound in pebbled leather boards framed with blind ruling, raised bands on the spine with six compartments with gold gilt titling. There are marbled endpapers and marbled page ends. The front cover of the book has a gold gild prize stamping and the inside front cover contains a prize citation to Roberto Cryan that is signed by the Magister. The Bickers & Sons binder’s stamp appears to the top of the first free endpaper.
Book Details: This is the first edition, first printing of the critically acclaimed “The Early History of Venice from the Foundation to the Conquest of Constantinople A.D. 1204” published by George Allen, London in 1901. In their review of the book in 1902, The London Monthly Review wrote, “The early history of Venice is of unique interest, and all historical students will be indebted to Mr. Hodgson for this very scholarly work, founded on the minute research into original authorities. By confining himself to the early centuries, Mr. Hodgson is enabled to go into details which are not easily accessible elsewhere. The causes which enabled Venice to maintain her isolation and independence against both Rome and Constantinople, to escape feudal influence, and to develop her democratic constitution are brought out. It is impossible to give too much credit for the thoroughness and critical care with which Mr. Hodgson has completed his task. Students who care to go below the surface will find here rich sources of information opened to them in one of the most interesting fields of early mediaeval history.”
The book measures approximately 7.25” x 5.25” with 473 pages and a map and plans, table of contents, introduction, and extensive index.
Condition Report: The binding is in Near FINE condition with minor generalized surface wear and some darkening to the spine. Internally, the book is very clean with some minor foxing to the last 2 blank pages. The prize inscription in written and dated in ink on the front inside cover. Overall, this is a very attractive full leather prize signed binding by Bickers that houses a critically acclaimed early history of Venice.
Photographs of the binding and the inside front cover that highlights the prize inscription and marbled endpapers appear in the photo section of the listing.