Viscount James Bryce-"The Holy Roman Empire"-1886-A.L.Burt Pub-New York-468 pages-5" X 7 1/2"-hardcover book with illustration with gold leaf on top of pages-Signed By Author.James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce,(May 10, 1838 - January 22, 1922), was a British jurist, historian and politician.As an author, Bryce was already well known in America. His work The American Commonwealth (1888) was the first in which the institutions of the United States had been thoroughly discussed from the point of view of a historian and a constitutional lawyer, and it at once became a classic. His Studies in History and Jurisprudence (1901) and Studies in Contemporary Biography (1903) were republications of essays, and in 1897, after a visit to South Africa, he published a volume of Impressions of that country, which had considerable weight in Liberal circles when the Second Boer War was being discussed. As member of the Liberal opposition in Parliament, Bryce figured as one of the harshest critics of British repressive policy against Boer civilians in the South African partisan War. Taking the risk of being very unpopular for a certain moment, he condemned the systematic burning of farms and the imprisonment of old people, women and children in British concentration camps.
Bryce had a lot of American friends in politics and science. One of the most prominent was US President Theodore Roosevelt.
Meanwhile his academic honors from home and foreign universities multiplied, and he became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1894. In earlier life he was a notable mountain-climber, ascending Mount Ararat in 1876, and publishing a volume on Transcaucasia and Ararat in 1877; in 1899-1901 he was president of the Alpine Club. From his Caucasian journey he brought back a deep distrust of Ottoman Rule in Asia Minor and a distinct sympathy for the Armenian people. In 1907 he was made a Member of the Order of Merit by King Edward VII, and after his retirement as ambassador and his return to Great Britain he was created Viscount Bryce of Dechmount in the County of Lanark in 1913. Thus he became a member of the House of Lords - that contested parliamentary body his own Liberal Party had bitterly fought the previous years, and that had been dismantled of most of its political powers in the Liberal Parliamentary Reform of 1911.The book has been autographed on the tile page by James Bryce in black fountain pen.........................BOTH BOOK AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN NICE CONDITION.FIRST PAGE HAS A NAME HAND WRITTEN IN FOUNTAIN PEN.....................