1793 A Selection from the Harleian Miscellany of Tracts, Which Principally Regard the English History; of Which Many are Referred to By Hume
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Scarce
The scarce first abridged edition of this collection of the material taken from the library of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and his son Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, consisting largely of seventeenth and early eighteenth century religious and political pamphlets.
Collated and edited by Samuel Johnson and William Oldys, and first published between 1744 and 1753, the publisher's advertisement to the start of this work explains that this abridged edition 'contains on quantity one sixth of the Miscellany', with the price being 'only one-twelfth of what the original work now falls for'.
The personal library of Robert Harley and his son collected and preserved literature from many different eras, including the Renaissance, Anglo-Saxon and Middle English. Their combined collection, known as the Harleian Collection, is now held by the British Library.
ESTC reference no. T111518. Retaining the original single page of publisher's advertisements to the rear.
With the former owner's inscription of 'Sir Robert Turing, March 25th 1810' to the title page.
In a smart full calf binding, this work, chronologically arranged, provides fascinating insight into the political and religious climates in England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century.
In a full calf binding, with gilt detailing to back strip. Light rubbing to back strip head, joints, and board perimeters. Front and rear joints starting, with boards holding firm. Internally, firmly bound. Contemporary owner's inscription to title page. Minor spotting to title page, with pages otherwise generally clean and bright, with only the odd minor mark or spot.
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