London: Macmillan, 1907. Hardcover. xxxix, 638p., frontis portrait (a fine one, in sepia photogravure), prefatory note, chronicle, introduction, appendix, index; shelfworn first edition in wine cloth, rather soiled with handling, fading gilt titles, frayed top and tail rims with a little fray at corner-tips, front hinge a little shaky. Had a tiny stain at half-title, otherwise no markings within, nor any ownership legends.
Detailed application of Acton's apothegm, that "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely;" Chapter heads read in part, "History of freedom in antiquity. In Christianity. Sir Erskine May's Democracy in Europe. The massacre of St. Bartholomew. The Protestant theory of persecution. L.A. Burd's edition of Machiavelli. Mr. Goldwin Smith's Irish history." --Et cetera, on to "The American Commonwealth by James Bryce"