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Facebook Instagram Twitter. Sign In Register Help Cart 0. Cart 0 items. Toggle navigation. Very Good. A lovely leather bound copy of Thomas Carlyle's fascinating biography of Friedrich II of Prussia, complete in six volumes. Containing a detailed and fascinating account of the life of Frederick the Great, with particular emphasis given to his administrative reform, impact on German culture, and military activity of the eighteenth-century German state of Prussia. Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, writer, translator, historian, and mathematician, deemed by many critics as one of the most important social commentators of the Victorian era.
However, Carlyle was also renowned for this, his last major work on the life of Frederick the Great. Indeed, the book is even famous for its vivid and arguably very biased portrayal of Frederick's battles, in which Carlyle portrays Frederick as a 'genius', who through his leadership mastered the chaos of war. First published in , this comprehensive and exhaustive biography was complete in twenty one 'Books' with an additional appendix, compiled into six volumes in this set.
A third edition copy. In a lovely uniform polished calf binding with elaborate gilt detail, and attractive marbled endpapers and textblock. Collated , complete with small in-text illustrations and a portrait frontispiece to each volume, and: A map plate, and a folding 'genealogical Diagram' to volume I. Two folding maps to volume II, one of which is coloured.
Three map plates to volume III, two of which are coloured and folding. Six coloured map plates to volume V, three of which are folding. Four coloured folding plates to volume VI. Featuring a single page author's advertisement to the rear of volume VI. Condition: In a full calf binding with gilt detail to boards and spines. Externally, slight shelf wear to extremities. Rubbing to head of spine volume I resulting in small section of loss, with slight splitting to head of rear joint. Slight handling marks to boards, volume I.
Small patches of rubbing to joints.
Joints imperceptibly repaired with hinges reinforced to volume II. Hinges slightly strained but firm, tender to volume III. Internally firmly bound. Pages very bright and clean throughout, slightly age toned to edges with the odd spot. Scattered spotting to the odd plate and endpapers. Tissue guard to portrait frontispiece volume I and IV, partially detached to gutter, lacking to other volumes. Tidemark to upper extremity of frontispiece, volume III. Marking to final page of text offset to facing page, volume I and II. Overall Condition: Very Good.chrylmesdownboo.tk
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History of Friedrich II. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Adamant Media Corporation, Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name.
The spine remains undamaged. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Encouraged by his mother, and under the influence of his governess Madame de Roucoulle, and of his first tutor Duhan, a French refugee, he acquired an excellent knowledge of French and a taste for literature and music.
He even received secret lessons in Latin, which his father invested with all the charms of forbidden fruit. As he grew up he became extremely dissatisfied with the dull and monotonous life he was compelled to lead; and his discontent was heartily shared by his sister, Wilhelmina, a bright and intelligent young princess for whom Frederick had a warm affection. Frederick William, seeing his son apparently absorbed in frivolous and effeminate amusements, gradually conceived for him an intense dislike, which had its share in causing him to break off the negotiations for a double marriage between the prince of Wales and Wilhelmina, and the princess Amelia, daughter of George II.
He at last resolved to do so during a journey which he made with the king to south Germany in , when he was eighteen years of age. He was helped by his two friends, Lieutenant Katte and Lieutenant Keith; but by the imprudence of the former the secret was found out. But the king was determined by a terrible example to wake Frederick once for all to a consciousness of the heavy responsibility of his position.
On Frederick himself lay the terror of death, and the chaplain was able to send to the king a favourable report of his orthodoxy and his changed disposition. He shall work at financial matters, receive accounts, read minutes and make extracts. But if he kicks or rears again, he shall forfeit the succession to the crown, and even, according to circumstances, life itself. During this period of probation he had been deprived of his status as a soldier and refused the right to wear uniform, while officers and soldiers were forbidden to give him the military salute; in he was made colonel in command of the regiment at Neuruppin.
He was given the estate of Rheinsberg in the neighbourhood of Neuruppin, and there he lived until he succeeded to the throne. These years were perhaps the happiest of his life. He discharged his duties with so much spirit and so conscientiously that he ultimately gained the esteem of Frederick William, who no longer feared that he would leave the crown to one unworthy of wearing it. At the same time the crown prince was able to indulge to the full his personal tastes. He carried on a lively correspondence with Voltaire and other French men of letters, and was a diligent student of philosophy, history and poetry.
In the former he calls attention to the growing strength of Austria and France, and insists on the necessity of some third power, by which he clearly means Prussia, counterbalancing their excessive influence. On the 31st of May he became king. He maintained all the forms of government established by his father, but ruled in a far more enlightened spirit; he tolerated every form of religious opinion, abolished the use of torture, was most careful to secure an exact and impartial administration of justice, and, while keeping the reins of government strictly in his own hands, allowed every one with a genuine grievance free access to his presence.
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The Potsdam regiment of giants was disbanded, but the real interests of the army were carefully studied, for Frederick realized that the two pillars of the Prussian state were sound finances and a strong army. On the 20th of October the emperor Charles VI. Frederick at once began to make extensive military preparations, and it was soon clear to all the world that he intended to enter upon some serious enterprise. He had made up his mind to assert the ancient claim of the house of Brandenburg to the three Silesian duchies, which the Austrian rulers of Bohemia had ever denied, but the Hohenzollerns had never abandoned.
For this resolution he is often abused still by historians, and at the time he had the approval of hardly any one out of Prussia. He could also urge that, as Charles VI. Frederick sent an ambassador to Vienna, offering, in the event of his rights in Silesia being conceded, to aid Maria Theresa against her enemies. The queen of Hungary, who regarded the proposal as that of a mere robber, haughtily declined; whereupon Frederick immediately invaded Silesia with an army of 30, men. His first victory was gained at Mollwitz on the 10th of April Under the impression, in consequence of a furious charge of Austrian cavalry, that the battle was lost, he rode rapidly away at an early stage of the struggle—a mistake which gave rise for a time to the groundless idea that he lacked personal courage.
A second Prussian victory was gained at Chotusitz, near Caslau, on the 17th May ; by this time Frederick was master of all the fortified places of Silesia.