The book has had some considerable wear - the covering boards are bowed and edgeworn. The paper tag on spine peeling and torn. The book has been trimmed and there is sporadic foxing throughout the book. However, the binding is still tight and there is limited tanning to the pages considering the age of the book. Pencil markings to some of the pages. There is a faded inscription on the second clean page of the book.
George Saintsbury (1845 - 1933) was the most influential English literary historian and critic of the early 20th century. His lively style and wide knowledge helped make his works both popular and authoritative. This book, titled 'Miscellaneous Essays,' contains essays on the following subjects: English Prose style, Chamfort and Rivarol, Modern English Prose (1876), Ernest Renan, Thoughts on Republics, Saint-Evermond, Charles Baudelaire, The Young England Movement, A Paradox on Quinet, The Contrasts of English and French Literature, A Frame of Miniatures, The Present State of the English Novel (1892). The book also contains a preface and an index.