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A New and Complete History of England,

From the Earliest Period of Authentic Intelligence to the Present Time

By Temple Sydney, Esq.

1773 - London - J. Cooke at Saakespear's Head

16" by 10", [4], 698, [16]pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Wherein every interesting transaction, relating to war or peace, laws or government, policy or religion, is impartially recited; the noble superstructure of the British constitution fully described, and traced from its original foundation:"

"The characters of the most eminent persons are impartially drawn, and their genius and learning, their virtues and their vices, properly displayed."

"Together with a circumstantial history of literature, and the progress of the arts in this kingdom, from their first introduction to the present of elegant improvement"

"Embellished and illustrated with upwards of one hundred beautiful copper plates, engraved in the most masterly manner, from the drawings of the ingenious Mr Wale, by those capital English artists, Grignion, Walker, Rennoldson and Taylor."

With 102 plates, including "A new and accurate map of England by T. Bowen". Many plates depict previous monarchs; numerous others show dramatic scenes from history, such as Edward I, while Prince of Wales, killing the assassin who wounded him with a poisoned dagger in the holy land.

The earliest event in the book said by the author to be founded on "historical evidence" is an invasion of the Celts in 1860BC. Sydney then proceeds to recount England's history from that date to the time of publication in 1773.

With previous owner's copperplate inscription to recto of one plate, dated 1773, relating to a chemist of Abergavenny. There are also two intriguing labels to the front pastedown from Crowe's Chemist of Tredegar.

Extensive list of subscribers to rear.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding. Externally, worn. Both boards are detached and little leather or paper remains. Cracking and slight loss to leather of spine. Internally, binding loosening in places. The first seven leaves are detached but present and are rather chipped and torn to margins. This includes the frontis, title page, map, one further plate and three leaves of text. The seven proceeding leaves are working loose, as are four further plates throughout the book, which also have marginal chipping. The remaining pages are generally firmly bound. The two leaves of the list of subscribers to rear have significant closed tears. Some pages have slight age-toning and offsetting, though many remain relatively bright. Some spotting and occasional handling marks throughout, most notably to first and last few pages.

Overall: FAIR


DETAILS

Sydney Temple's fascinating history of England, copiously illustrated throughout.

First edition.

Collated complete from the ESTC entry #

T174414 .

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