Bishop Burnet’s History Of His Own Time.




Printed for Thomas Ward in the Inner-Temple Lane; Printed for the Editor by Joseph Downing in Bartholomew-Close, and Henry Woodfall in the Strand.




1724, 1734


Vol.i. from the restoration of king charles ii. to the settlement of king william and queen mary at the revolution. to which is prefix'd a summary recapitulation of affairs of church and state from king james i. to the restoration in the year 1660. vol. ii. from the revolution to the conclusion of the treaty of peace at utrecht, in the reign of queen anne. to which is added the author's life, by the editor.

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TWO VOLUMES. FIRST EDITIONS. Folio. 9.25 x 13.75 inches. Vol. I, [xvi] + 836 pp. + [19] pp. index + [1] pp. publisher's advertisement; Vol. II, [xx] + 740 pp. + [25] pp. index. Lists of Subscribers at front of both vols. An extra gathering signed 4Y, paginated 357-360 in square brackets inserted in Vol. II. Bound in contemporary mottled calf, board with gilt borders; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt with contrasting brown morocco title labels, gilt. Extremities worn and hinges and joints starting to crack; otherwise a very good crisp copy. Manuscript note enclosed within red ink lines on verso of title page of Vol. II: The Original Manuscript of both Volumes of this History will be deposited in the Cotton Library by T Burnett. Armourial bookplates of Sir Charles Wolseley, Bart. Decorated by title page and preliminaries vignettes and by head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. A detailed history of the period, 1660-1713 by an eye witness and participant in many of the events. Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), a notable Whig supporter, went into exile during the reign of James II and landed with the Dutch Invasion force of the Prince of Orange in 1688. As a confidant of William II, he was appointed Bishop of Salisbury in 1689. Burnet, who became famous as an historian, also wrote The History of the Reformation of the Church of England (3 vols., 1679, 1681 and 1714). Volume I of the History of His Own Time was edited by his second son, Gilbert and Vol. II by his brother, Sir Thomas Burnet (1638-1704), who served as physician to four monarchs. (ESTC T144689). This copy was owned by Sir Charles Wolseley, 7th Baronet (1769-1846) of Staffordshire, who was a radical reformer, imprisoned for sedition and conspiracy in 1820. THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE

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