London: Chapman & Hall, 1856. First edition. Volume 1: 8vo, xii, , 304 pp. + 12 pp. ads. Volume 2: vi, 332 pp. Both volumes bound in the original publisher's red cloth decoratively blind-stamped, with gilt titles to spine. With an early ownership signature (perhaps Richard Goodman) to the fep and verso of title page in Vol. 1, and to the fep of Vol. 2.
The first edition of the work which became influential in spreading the legend of Agrippa in 19th century Britain. Henry Morley turned to writing after his failure as an apothecary. In 1850 he was invited to London by Charles Dickens to become the editor of Household Words, and later All The Year Round. His life of Agrippa was the third biography he wrote, and concludes a trilogy of accounts of the life of 16th century scholars which began with Palissy and Cardan.
Spines lightly faded, with some bumping to extremities and touch of fraying to spine ends, and some innocuous small ink droplets to the boards of vol. 1 - a very good set. Item #27876