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HUME, David (1711--1776)
[History of England. 1803]
The history of England, from the invasion of Julius Cæsar to the revolution in 1688. Embellished with engravings on copper and wood, from original designs. By David Hume, Esq. Volume the first (- tenth).
London: printed for J. Wallis, by T. Bensley, 1803.
10 vols ; 20.9 cm. (8º)
I: xxxii, 496 p., engr. frontis. port., [4] engr. ports., [12] wd-engr. pl.
II: vii, [1], 575, [1] p., [5] engr. ports., [6] wd-engr. pl.
III: vii, [1], 594 p., [7] engr. ports., [8] wd-engr. pl.
IV: viii, 547, [1] p., [4] engr. ports., [4] wd-engr. pl.
V: vii, [1], 510 p., [2] engr. ports., [5] wd-engr. pl.
VI: vii, [1], 665, [1] p., [3] engr. ports., [2] wd-engr. pl.
VII: vii, [1], 590 p., [1] engr. port., [1] wd-engr. pl.
VIII: vii, [1], 550 p., [2] engr. ports., [3] wd-engr. pl.
IX: vii, [1], 544 p., [1] engr. port., [3] wd-engr. pl.
X: 560 p., [1] wd-engr. pl., [1] hand-col. fold. table

First published in 1762. Hume's History of Great Britain ... Containing the reigns of James I and Charles I had appeared in 1754 and was followed by The history of England, under the house of Tudor in 1759 and The history of England from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the accession of Henry VII, first published in London in 1762 (actually late 1761). All were subsequently incorporated into this more comprehensive work first published in 1762, which went through many editions as well as continuations by Smollett, and Thomas Lloyd and others, and was translated into French and German. The wood-engraved plates in the text include letterpress captions. The hand-coloured engraved table is a chart by William Playfair of the revolutions, colonies and conquests of the British Empire to 1804. The final volume comprises notes, chronological tables and index.

Copy Notes Bought from James Wallis at 19s. 6d. for each volume from 6 April 1804 until 8 March 1805 (Archives 7/3/14; 7/3/9; 7/3/2; 7/3/11; 7/3/10); 4 May 1805 (Jnl 5, p. 27), 30 October 1805 (Jnl 5, p. 44). Bound as a set with the companion edition of Smollett's History of England, 1805 (q.v.), which was also purchased from the publisher. Signature 2D8 (pp. 401--416) in vol. IX is bound upside down.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind roll-tooled borders, gilt roll-tooled spines, green and red morocco spine-labels, brown ribbed-morocco grained cloth boards.

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