London: Parker, 1861.
First edition of Mill’s classic treatise on representative government. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Stuart Mill on the half-title page as was the custom with 19th century writers and earlier, “From the Author.” From the library of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet (1838-1928), with his signature. Trevelyan was a British statesman and author. In a ministerial career stretching almost 30 years, he was most notably twice Secretary for Scotland under William Ewart Gladstone and the Earl of Rosebery. He broke with Gladstone over the 1886 Irish Home Rule Bill, but after modifications were made to the bill he re-joined the Liberal Party shortly afterwards. Also a writer and historian, Trevelyan published The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay, his maternal uncle, in 1876. In very good condition with some toning to the cloth and overall light wear. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box.
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