1870s: Lord Lytton’s Works – 16 Volumes


Bulwer-Lytton’s works are characterized by their richly detailed narratives, exploring themes of love, power, ambition, and societal norms. He was adept at blending elements of the Gothic, historical fiction, and science fiction, which allowed him to reach a broad audience and influence the development of these genres. Notably, he is credited with popularizing the phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword” in his play “Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy” (1839).

Among his most celebrated novels are:

  • “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1834): Set in the final days of Pompeii before the city is destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, this novel combines historical detail with a compelling narrative of love, betrayal, and fate.
  • “Eugene Aram” (1832): A novel based on the true story of an 18th-century English scholar convicted of murder, exploring themes of guilt, redemption, and the pursuit of knowledge.
  • “Paul Clifford” (1830): Famous for its opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night,” this novel delves into the life of its titular character, from his upbringing in the criminal underworld to his eventual reformation.
  • “The Last of the Barons” (1843): A historical novel set during the Wars of the Roses, focusing on the power struggle between King Edward IV and the Earl of Warwick.
  • “The Coming Race” (1871): An early science fiction novel that explores the concept of a subterranean world inhabited by an advanced society, known as the Vril-ya. This work has been influential in speculative fiction, exploring themes of utopia, technology, and superhuman powers.

In stock

Edward Bulwer Lytton’s (Lord Lytton’s) Works, 16 volumes, published by George Routledge and Sons in London, estimated 1870s.

Hardcover volumes with marbled cover boards and page edges; corners and spine – burgundy leather. Some wear and rubbing to cover. Foxing on end papers. Set is very clean, tightly bound, with no writing or markings. Very good condition!
One volume has slight damage on front cover (see photos to confirm condition.)
Volumes not dated, presumed 1870s.

Ex libris labels on inside front cover, bearing the name of Hanbury Barclay.
This is a heavy set of 18.5kg. Extra shipping charges may apply.

Volumes in set:

  • What Will He Do With it? volume I
  • What Will He Do With it? volume II
  • Paul Clifford
  • The Caxtons: A Family Picture
  • The Parisians, in one volume
  • Harold: The Last of the Saxon Kings
  • Eugene Aram: A Tale
  • Night and Morning
  • Devereux
  • Ernest Maltravers
  • “My Novel” by Pisistratus Caxton,or Varieties in English Life, volume I
  • Last Days of Pompeii, Lucretia
  • Leila or the Siege of Granada; Calderon the Courtier; Pilgrims of the Rhine (front cover board wear/torn in upper right corner)
  • The Last of the Barons
  • The Coming Race; Falkland, Zicci, and Pausanias the Spartan
  • Kenelm Chillingly: His Adventures and Opinions
  • Pelham, and The Disowned


Condition Very Good

Customer Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.