Bulwer-Lytton, The Rt. Honourable Lord [Bulwer]
Price: 3,850.00 USD
(London: George Routledge and Sons, 1895-96), A nice library set of Bulwer-Lytton's best known works, including THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII. Bulwer-Lytton's literary career began in 1820-with the publication of a book of poems-and spanned much of the nineteenth century. He wrote in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction. He financed his extravagant life with a varied and prolific literary output, sometimes publishing anonymously. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of best-selling novels which earned him a considerable fortune. He coined the phrases "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", as well as the infamous opening line "It was a dark and stormy night" 11 volumes. 8vo, bound in three-quarter blue calf and marbled boards, red labels in two panels of spines, the remaining four decorated with scrolled corner devices and central gilt tool. A very good set, spines with uniform fading and mild rubbing to the extremities.