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BURNET, Gilbert (1643--1715)
Bishop Burnet's History of his own time. From the restoration of King Charles II to the conclusion of the treaty of peace at Utrecht, in the reign of Queen Anne. To which is prefixed, a summary recapitulation of affairs in church and state, from King James I. to the restoration in the the year 1660. Together with the author's life, by the editor, and some explanatory notes. The whole revised and corrected by him. In four volumes. ...
London: printed for Samuel Bagster, 1815.
4 vols ; 23.5 cm. (8º)
I: vi, [9], vi--lxxii, 524 p.
II: xi, [1], 547, [1] p.
III: xi, [1], 446 p.
IV: xii, 508 p.

Printed by James Moyes. Burnet began writing his 'secret history' in 1683 aged 40, and continued adding new material and making revisions as an exile on the continent and later Bishop of Salisbury until his death in 1715, stipulating that it should not be published until six years after his death. The first volume, dealing with the restoration of King Charles II and the 'glorious revolution' of William and Mary was edited and issued in 1724 by his second son Gilbert Burnet, and the second, continuing the history to the peace of Utrecht, in 1734 by his third son Thomas Burnet. The work was a commercial success, going through several editions, but excited controversy for Burnet's indiscriminate inclusion of material and political partiality. He was also the author of numerous shorter works, listed in the bibliography at the end of vol. IV (pp. [443]--459).

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting half-titles in all volumes. James Moyes was Soane's printer and presented some twenty books from his press to Soane, of which this may be one.

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spines, black morocco spine-labels, spine-title: 'Burnet's Own Times'. Payment of 13s. for binding to Edwin Hutchinson on 13 June 1829. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.29)

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