Bound in full leather with engraved head and tail pieces, and illuminated letters.
Laurence Echard (c1670 - 1730) was a British historian.
He was born at Barsham, Suffolk, and educated at Cambridge, took orders and became Archdeacon of Stow. He translated Terence, part of Plautus, D'Orleans' History of the Revolutions in England, and made numerous compilations on history, geography, and the classics.
His chief work, however, is his History of England (1707 - 1720). It covers the period from the Roman occupation to his own times, and continued to be the standard work on the subject until it was superseded by translations of Rapin's French History of England.
The binding is tight and firm, although the front board and front blank endpaper are detached and present. There is some wear to the extremities including darkening to the spine, slight bumping to the corners and rubbing to the boards, with some loss to the leather at the top of the spine. The rear outer hinge is split. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and a few isolated spots. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown and an ink inscription to the front blank endpaper. Overall the volume is in good only condition due to the original binding but very good internally.