First edition. Two volumes. Publisher's original brown cloth with decorative borders in black and titles in gilt to the spine. A very good set, the bindings square and firm with two indentations to the middle of the spine of volume one. The contents with a touch of cracking to the rear hinge of volume one and a little toning to the preliminary pages are otherwise in very good order, clean throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. An attractive set.
The sole work of fiction by the writer, philosopher, and historian of religion Constance E. Plumptre (1848-1929), best known for her well-regarded 'General Sketch of the History of Pantheism' (1878). Plumptre wrote widely on philosophy and religion, deliberately seeking out and championing persecuted and obscure thinkers of the past. The present work of historical fiction describes the life of Giordano Bruno, the Renaissance philosopher and mathematician burned for heresy in 1600. Frederick James Gould, in his 'Chats with Pioneers of Modern Thought' (1898), praised it thus: "all the ascertained facts of his career are exposed with sufficient interweaving of fiction to render the story of his life eminently readable". A scarce title.
Stock code: 20124