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The History of England From The Revolution to the Death of George The Second

 (Designed as a continuation of Mr. Hume's History)

By Tobias Smollett

1794 - London - T. Cadell

5.5" by 3.5"; 378pp., 389pp., 335pp., 392pp., 356pp., 366pp., 335pp., 166pp., [unpaginated index]

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

DETAILS

A full set of Smollett's History of England

Tobias George Smollett (1721- 1771) was a Scottish poet and author. Although best known for his novels - which include The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748) and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751), -  he considered this continuation of A Complete History of England to be his major work.

 The original History of England is considered David Hume's great work and was written in instalments while he was serving as librarian to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh, on what was to become the core collection of the National Library of Scotland.

Featuring a total of 27 plates of historical scenes and portraits of important figures, all beautifully engraved by W. Bromley.

Also includes a frontispiece portrait of the author by an S. Springsguth.

With an unusual armorial stamp to the recto of each front free endpaper, depicting an arm grasping the head of a dragon.

Complete in eight volumes.

CONDITION

Uniformly bound in full tree calf with gilt bordering to boards. Externally, somewhat worn with some chipping and minor loss to extremities. Four boards detached but present, one held by cords only, 8 of the remaining 11 joints are starting. Internally, firmly bound. Pages typically very bright and clean with just some occasional spotting, handling marks and light offsetting here and there.

Overall: GOOD ONLY with VERY GOOD interiors, would benefit from a sympathetic rebinding.


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