Morley's authorised biography of Gladstone (1809-1898) was published in 1903, and is a landmark of political biography. Four times Liberal Prime Minister between 1868 and 1894, Gladstone had left an enormous archive of letters, papers and diaries, which Morley (1838-1923), himself a noted Liberal politician and writer, spent five years distilling into three volumes. Although many other biographies and editions have since been published, Morley's work is still valuable for his use of primary sources, especially for the earlier part of Gladstone's career. Morley avoids overt party bias, but is understandably discreet in his treatment of more recent political events. He also ignores more private aspects of his subject's life and, as an agnostic, did not empathise with Gladstone's strong religious convictions.
This is a three volume set of red cloth boards with gilt lettering to the spine. Condition is good but with heavy tanning to the page edges.Internally page are clean and securely bound, except the endpapers which are tanned and have some foxing. The spines are light faded and all boards have minor wear to their edges,corners and gutter edges. Volumes 1 & 3 have bumping to one corner. Volume 2 has a crease to the top of the front board. Volume 3 has a broken pastedown at the hinge and pencilled inscriptions to the rear pastedown and endpaper. First edition, 1903. Overall dimensions: 23 x 17 x 14.5 cm. Note: These books are heavy at 3.32 kg, so will be sent by courier at a charge of £8.00.