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HUME, David.

The History of England,

from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the revolution in 1688.

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London, T. Bensley for Robert Bowyer, 1806

A choice copy of one of the finest gallery books of the nineteenth century. The bindings are exceptionally well preserved and the text is crisp and clean.

'David Hume's History of England was one of the seminal histories in the eighteenth century. First printed between 1754 and 1761, it covers the history of England, and, in later volumes, Great Britain, from the invasion of Julius Caesar through to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Hume was a Scot, and, in the years following the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, anti-Scottish sentiment in England was high. The History was a way for Hume to emphasise that the ruling Hanoverian dynasty was a legitimate one, James VII & II having forfeited the Crown by fleeing London in 1688. This type of history provided a grand narrative of English history, one of triumph, decline and resurgence, themes that inspired similar narrative histories such as Edward Gibbon's

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5 volumes bound in 11; folio; comprising 10 vols of text (43 x 33 cm), and plate vol. (47.5 x 34 cm), with the publisher's extra title pages as required, 194 (of 197) fine engraved plates by Bartolozzi, Fuseli, Hodges, Loutherbourg, Rigaud, Smirke, Westall, Wheatley, and others, light foxing to plates, occasional light scattered foxing to vol. 4; text vols in 19th-century red half morocco gilt, spines in six compartments, gilt lettered direct in second and fourth, others gilt, raised bands, marbled sides, carmine edges, plate vol. in full red morocco gilt, a fine fresh set.


Brunet III:377 ('Magnifique édition'); Lowndes, 1139.

Stock ID:106676

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