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A History of the Early Part of the Reign of James the Second; with an Introductory Chapter

By Charles James Fox

1808 - London - William Miller

12" by 9.5", xl, 293, cli pp

 

 

DETAILS

A first edition of Fox's uncompleted history of James II of England.

First Edition.

Featuring an engraved portrait frontispiece of Charles James Fox.

With an appendix to the rear.

Charles James Fox was a prominent British Whig statesman. Many Foxites, in the long wilderness years in opposition, turned to the writing of history for consolation and vindication. Fox was no exception. In 1799 he began work on a project that would be published in 1808 as A History of the Early Part of the Reign of James II. It was researched in London and Paris, with many French and English friends being recruited to help with particular manuscript collections. The work was never completed. The published version deals only with the events of 1685. Fox had hoped to go beyond 1688, in order that the virtues of William III should cast the vices of James II into even greater relief. DNB.

CONDITION

Rebacked in calf with the original boards laid down. Externally, rubbed. Internally, firmly bound. Some scattered foxing and damp staining to the frontispiece and titlepage. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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