First published between 1754 and 1761, Hume’s History of England was “the first significant study to embrace all of English history and the first broad historical survey in English that properly rates as a work of literature… Hume was the first historian to consider such things as manners, commerce, finance, and arts and sciences at length and the first to give them in some cases greater importance than kings and battles” (Day). “The publication was initially obstructed by the London book trade but the work became immensely popular both in Britain and abroad and was extolled by both Gibbon and Voltaire” (Drabble p. 482)
8 volumes, 4to. (29 x 23 cm), engraved portrait frontispiece, one leaf of errata at end vol 8; marbled endpapers, some slight foxing in vol V, contemporary speckled tree calf, spines richly gilt in compartments, boards edged in gilt foliage and decorated with gilt Greek urn motifs in corners, red and green morocco labels, a very attractive set.
Indistinct armorial stamp to lower corner of title-page.
Graesse III, 390; Brunet III, 377; Lowndes 1139; Drabble p. 482.
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