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Sartor Resartus, (1837) and The French Revolution (1837) Vol. 1 only, 1937, by Thomas Carlyle

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Sartor Resartus (1837) and The French Revolution (1837) Vol. 1,  are two classic books, a satire on clothes and a history, by Thomas Carlyle.

Born in Scotland, Carlyle (1795 - 1881) was a philosopher, satirist, essayist and historian.

Sartor Resartus, The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh, (this edition published in 1937) was written about 1821. The title translated means The Tailor Retailored. Like most of Carlyle's writings, this is a challenging book to read, but Carlyle is also an easy person to enjoy, as his mind becomes a treasure in the number of quotations from his writings that stile inspire and excite.

Written at a difficult period (of which he had many) in Carlyle's life, Sartor Resartus suggests a "conversion" in which Carlyle's negative approach to the Devil and to God dominates. The book also explores and explains through his philosophy of clothes some of his basic views. Approach your reading with a quotation from Carlyle: "no pressure, no diamonds."

This copy of Sartor Resartus is in fair condition although the dust jacket (which I enclose) is sadly damaged, yet worth having. The book is slightly shelf worn and has a white inch long line on the front cover. The introduction by Charles F. Harrold is heavily underlined and the flyleaf has a name on it, but the text of the satire is firm, browned, unmarked and without tears.

This copy measures 4 3/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches by 1 inch and has 351 pages.

The French Revolution was written about 1834 and published in three volumes in 1837. In its detail and intensity it remains today a remarkable and valued history of that period of upheaval in Europe. Dickens used it as the inspiration for his Tale of Two Cities.

This copy of volume 1 of the history was published in 1893. It is in fair condition with shelf wear,  well browned pages, small tears at the top of the spine and a weakened binding only at the photograph of the author.  With 435 pages it measures 5" x 7 1/2" x 1 3/4" with a firm binding and browned pages. There are penciled notes on the final page.


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