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Title: The Star-Chamber: an historical romance.Publisher: British Library, Historical Print EditionsThe British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is one of the world's largest research libraries holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, patents, maps, stamps, prints and much more. Its collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial additional collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.The FICTION & PROSE LITERATURE collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. The collection provides readers with a perspective of the world from some of the 18th and 19th century's most talented writers. Written for a range of audiences, these works are a treasure for any curious reader looking to see the world through the eyes of ages past. Beyond the main body of works the collection also includes song-books, comedy, and works of satire. ++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library Ainsworth, William; 1854. 2 vol.; 8 . 12628.a.17."
- PID: 16448759355
- Publisher: George Routledge and Sons
- Date Published: 1880
- Seller: BlindHorseBooks
Condition: Fine. No Jacket
Notes: A romance with the backdrop of the notorious Star Chamber of the English legal system. The Chamber began as purely administrative, but gradually took on more of a judicial role, enforcing the monarch's will when the courts could or would not do so. As the mix of fact and fiction unfolds in this tale, the court is beginning to lose favor during the reign of James I as the church once again increased its power, while Parliament's power decreased as the monarch tried to rule without them. [Thompson]--------William Harrison Ainsworth, (1805-1882), English author of popular historical romances. Ainsworth initially studied law but left it for literature, publishing his first novel anonymously in 1826. His novels excel in conveying the pageantry and bustle of history but lack coherence of plot and subtlety of characterization. ----------Red half-morocco with marbled paper-covered boards, top edges gilt; Bound at Brentanos with 8 leaves of plates by Hablot Knight Browne, a.k. a Phiz. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Minimal shelf handling wear. A handsome collectible copy. 8vo 22.5 x 15 cm; 8.875 inches tall, 296 pages. -----REF: librivox/Thompson; britannica.