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Bowyer's Edition of The History of England,

From the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688

By David Hume

1793 to 1806 - London - T. Bensley for Mr. Bowyer

19" by 13.5"; see description.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DETAILS

The complete Bowyer's edition of David Hume's seminal work, The History of England, offered here in the publisher's original bindings.

A rare example of this work as it was originally offered to its subscribers, in paper and card folios at "One Guinea each Number, to be paid for on delivery".

These volumes often also contain loosely inserted notes to the subscribers from Bowyer, apologising for delays to publication or for a decreased number of plates in a previous instalment - the latter being blamed on the tardiness of the various engravers commissioned for the project. 

 Indeed, their raw state offers a unique insight into the financial woes that plagued Bowyer during the publication of this work and his need to keep wealthy subscribers happy. As, in 1806 (the date given to the title pages provided in the final 'index' instalment), after Bowyer had published five large folios reaching the year 1688, 'the work was ceased and never fully completed, owing to the high costs involved, a loss of 30,000 said already to have been incurred.' (ODNB)

These interesting publisher's notes also explain the rather sporadic allocation of engraved plates per volume - which vary between 1 and 5 in each folio - with Bowyer frequently promising "four or more" plates in following instalments, as recompense for previous 'two plate' folios.

However, all plates are present, totalling the required 196 plates, including the frontispiece portrait of Hume, engraved dedications and engraved full-page chapter headings:


1-10: [3] 1-36, [3] 37-72, [3] 73-108, [2] 109-144, [3] 145-180, [2] 181-216, [3] 217-252, [2] 253-288, [3] 289-324, [2] 325-360.

11-20: [3] 361-396, [3] 397-432, [3] 433-468, [3] 469-504, [3] 505-540, [3] 541-576, [2] 577-612, [3] 613-648, [3] 649-684, [2] 685-720.

21-30: [4] 721-759, [3] 1-40, [3] 41-80, [3] 81-119,[3] 121-160, [3] 161-200, [3] 201-240, [3] 241-280, [3] 281-320, [3] 321-360.

31-40: [3] 361-400, [3] 401-440, [3] 441-476, [3] 477-512, [2] 513-548, [3] 549-584, [3] 585-620, [3] 621-656, [3] 657-692, [3] 693-728.

41-50:  [3] 729-776, [3] 777-824, [3] 825-872, [3] 873-883/1-36, [3] 37-84, [3] 85-132, [3] 133-180, [3] 181-227, [2] 229-276, [3] 277-324.

51-60: [3] 325-372, [3] 373-420, [3] 421-468,[3] 469-528, [3] 529-588, [3] 589-672, [3] 673-756, [2] 757-821, [2] 1-64, [3] 65-128.

61-65: (bound in one) [12] 129-648.

66-70: [2] 649-752, [1] 753-836/1-20, [5] 21-124, [3] 125-288, [4] 289-487.

Index: Five title pages and 'A Life of Hume'.

Included alongside the complete work are additional duplicate volumes of numbers 62, 63 and 64: [3] 233-336, [2] 337-440, [3] 441-544.

An extraordinary compendium of British history and art, this work is fascinating in its original state. However its included title pages and the careful designation of individual volumes by the publisher (with splits between the five planned volumes indicated in folios 22, 44 and 59) also offer a rare opportunity to bind this deservedly revered history in a fine and personal binding.

First edition thus.

Scarce.

 

CONDITION

In publisher's original bindings with paper labels. Externally, worn. Many have entirely lost their backstrips, those with remaining paper show splits, tears and lifting to backstrips. Boards are rubbed and marked, although labels are generally intact and legible. Majority of joints are starting but most boards are held firmly. Exceptions are 50, 52, 66 and 67 which have either very tender or detached (but present) boards. Internally, generally firmly bound but tender in places - namely: volumes 61-65 and 68 in which the plates are loose but present. Volume 33 is bound in upside down. Some varied foxing throughout, generally confined to first plate of each folio and the tissueguards, most of which are present. Some offsetting onto endpapers in volumes 40-50. Text is generally very bright and clean, as are many of the other plates.

Overall: GOOD.


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