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History of Greece

By William Mitford

1795 to 1810 - London - T. Cadell

8.5" by 5.5"; [6] 437pp., 435pp., 410pp., 415pp., 473pp., 494pp., 434pp., 486pp.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

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A complete set of Mitford's History of Greece.

William Mitford (10 February 1744 10 February 1827) was an English historian.

Mitford as encouraged by French scholars whom he met in Paris, Avignon and Nice to give himself systematically to the study of Greek history. But it was Edward Gibbon, with whom he was closely associated when they both were officers in the South Hampshire Militia, who suggested to Mitford the form which his work should take.

In 1784 the first of the volumes of his History of Greece appeared, and the fifth and last of these quartos was published in 1810, after which the state of Mitford's eyesight and other physical infirmities, including a loss of memory, forbade his continuation of the enterprise, although he painfully revised successive new editions

In addition to his History of Greece, he published a few smaller works, the most important of which was an Essay on the Harmony of Language, 1774. The style of Mitford is natural and lucid, but without the rich colour of Gibbon. He affected some oddities both of language and of orthography, for which he was censured and which he endeavoured to revise.

Volumes 1 to 6 are numerated to the spines with arabic numerals, 7 to 10 with roman. These earlier volumes (dated 1795 to 1797) are stated to be third editions to the title pages. The rest bear no record of an edition.

With the ink inscription of one Anne Macbeth to the title page of each volume.

Complete in 10 volumes.

CONDITION

Uniformly bound in half calf over marbled boards. Externally, generally smart with light wear to extremities and joints only. backstrips of older volumes worn in places with some loss to head and tails. One board detached, 10 hinges held by cords only, three tender and one strained. Internally, firmly bound. Light spotting throughout, heaviest to first and last few pages. Evidence of past worming to volume 4. Otherwise clean.

Overall: GOOD with some earlier volumes GOOD ONLY due to hinges or lack thereof.

 


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