Good condition. Minimal wear to the edges of the boards and spine. Small tear in the spine. Some foxing to the first and last few pages. One picture page is loose inside the book. Tight binding.
Had I attempted to write an account of the whole of the adventurous career of Charles XII. of Sweeden, ot would, in itself, have filled a bulky volume to the exclusion of all other matter, and a youth who fought at Narva would have been a middle-aged man at the death of that warlike monarchbefore the walls of Frederickshall. I have therefore been obliged to confine myself to th efirst three years of his reign, in which he crushed the army of Russia at Narva, and laid the then powerful republic of Poland prostrate at his feet. In this way only could I obtain space for the private adventures and doings of Charlie Carstairs, the hero of the story. The details of the warsof Charles XII. were taken from the military history written at his command by his chamberlain, Adlerfeld, from a similar narrative by a Scotch gentleman in his service, and from Voltaire's history. The last is responsible for the statement that the trade of Poland was almost entirely in the hands of the Scotch, French, and Jewish merchants, the Poles themselves being sharply dividded into the two categories of nobles and pesants.