London: Bickers and Son, 1883. Hardcover : pp. [i-iii], iv-viii, , 2-918 : Olive calf covered boards : Gilt embossed coat of arms and double gilt border on top and bottom boards : Burgany leather spine label with gilt lettering : Gilt decoration and bands on spine : All edges marbled : Marbled endpapers : Inscribed in pencil and pen with previous owners' names.
Edges of boards scuffed : Gilt on spine a little worn : Corners soft and worn : Some fox marks and staining to some of the first and last pages otherwise clean throughout. Good. Item #1688
John Lothrop Motley was a Boston born American author and diplomat who helped prevent European intervention on the side of the Confederates in the American Civil War (Wikipedia).