The History Of England, From The Invasion Of Julius C?sar To The Revolution Of 1688.




Printed for R. Scholey, 46, Baldwin, Cradock and Joy, 45, Paternoster-Row; Geo. Cowie and Co. Poultry; and Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh.




1817- 18

Item Description

TEN VOLUMES. 8vo. 5.5 x 8.75 inches. Average of c.560 pages per volume. Bound in contemporary diced calf with gilt borders to boards; spine in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt with contrasting maroon morocco title labels. All edges marbled and marbled endpapers. Some browning of fly leaves and scattered foxing, including plate margins; otherwise a very good clean set. Ink initials on verso of first free endpaper of first vol. Illustrated by 30 copperplate engravings, including portrait frontispiece, Volume the First, 45 wood engravings (by John Thurston, 1774-1822) and a hand coloured chart of English history, Volume the Tenth. In general a volume title woodcut and one for each major section, or monarch after the Conquest; a portrait for each ruler after the Conqueror, including Mary Queen of Scots and Cromwell. Ten volume edition of The History of England by David Hume, first published in six volumes, 1754-61. The later sections, leading up to the Revolution of 1688 were published first and the author took the history back in subsequent volumes. Although Hume's interpretation of English history was controversial, the work was also considered by many to be the standard history of its period and proved to be a best seller for the renowned Scottish philosopher and historian, appearing in numerous later editions. This 1817-18 edition includes at the beginning, The Life of David Hume, written by himself and the Letter by Adam Smith on Hume's death, 1776. The principal arrangement is by monarch with occasional general sections on the government of England, etc. The tenth volume consists of notes to the first nine volumes and a general index of over three hundred pages. The set is handsomely bound and extensively illustrated by seventy five copper plates and wood engravings. 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 BEFORE ORDERING.

[Stock No. 26120]

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