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HOOKE, Nathaniel (1690?--1763)
The Roman history, from the building of Rome to the ruin of the commonwealth. Illustrated with maps and other plates. Vol. I (II, III, IV). By N. Hooke, Esq; The second edition corrected.
London: printed by James Bettenham, and sold by C. Hitch and L. Hawes, G. Hawkins, and J. and J. Rivington, 1751 (1745, 1767, 1771).
4 vols ; 24.5 cm. (4º)
I: [4], lxxvii, [1], xliv, 312, *301--*309, 310--311, *312, 313--639, [1] p., engr. frontis., XXII pl. (1 fold., 4 fold. maps)
II: [4], xxviii, 560, 54 p., engr. frontis., VIII fold. maps
III: [2], vi, 694, [2] p., engr. frontis., [5] fold. maps
IV: vii, [1], 464, [76] p., engr. frontis., [1] pl., [1] fold. map

Volume I only is the second edition (first edition 1738) retaining the dedication to Alexander Pope, dated 1737; volume II is in the first edition, 1745; volume III is in the 1767 edition (first published 1764); vol. IV is in the first edition, 1771. Hooke was inspired to begin work on his Roman history while preparing the index to the English translation of François Catrou and Pierre Julien Rouille's Histoire romaine, Paris, 1725--1748. The third volume was printed under his inspection but published posthumously. The final volume is thought to have been prepared by Dr. Gilbert Stuart. 'Hooke leaned rather to the democratic than to the aristocratic or senatorial party in his history. The work long held a high place in historical literature' (DNB). Imprint of volumes II--IV varies. Pages 116 and 536 of vol. I are misnumbered 120 and 539; vol. IV is the variant with p. 399 misnumbered 39. ESTC t71732 (vol. I); ESTC t71733 (vol. II); ESTC t126325 (vol. III); ESTC t71735 (vol. IV).

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting plates X, XVI, XVII and XIX in volume I. Volume IV lacks the advertisement leaf recorded in some copies (not included in the above collation). Purchased from John Cumming together with Thucydides (q.v.), Polybius (q.v.), De Moivre (q.v.), and Murphy's Tacitus (q.v.) for £9 9s. on 16 September 1801. (Journal 4, p. 369). Inscription in pencil on front free-endpaper 4 vol- £4.18.0.

Binding C18th diced russia, gilt-ruled borders and spine, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 954


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