READE Charles The Cloister and the Hearth. A Tale of the Middle Ages
Trubner & Co 1861
four volumes, contemporary full-leather by Worsfold, raised bands, decorated in gilt with floral inlays, gilt inner dentelles, minor sunning to spines, top edges gilt, feint ownership signature at head of titlepages, fine, a stunning set. crowded with characters, brilliantly pictorial and based on indefatigable study, one of the finest novels of the Middle Ages, taking the hero from the Netherlands, through Germany and France, to Italy and Rome; as evidence of this novel’s success it is interesting to note that after a part appeared under the title ‘A Good Fight’ in the periodical ‘Once a Week’ it’s circulation increased by twenty thousand (DNB); first edition; 360, 384, 328 and 435 pages;