Antique (1832) David Hume Esq. masterpiece work Volume II: The History of England. From The Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688. Leather bound, sewn-in bind, color plates.
This hardcover book is complete at 756 pages with several black-and-white plates and an embossed leather spine. NO! dust jacket.
About the book: The History of England is David Hume's masterpiece series on the history of The British Empire (up to his time). Written in installments while Hume was the librarian to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh, the first six volumes were published from 1754 through 1761. This 1832 printing by McCarty & Davis represents the third printing of the book known as "The First Trade Edition". When first published, Hume's history was greeted with outrage by almost all political factions. It did go on to become a best-seller, finally providing Hume with the financial independence he had long sought. Both the British Library and the Cambridge University Library, as well as Hume's own library, still list him as "David Hume, The Historian." Hume's History series spanned "from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688" written in two volumes (this is Volume II) and went through over 100 editions. Despite the outrage when originally published in the mid 1700s, Hume's work eventually came to be considered the standard and prescribed history of England for its day.
Condition of book: In FAIR! antique condition, the embossed leather spine shows significant rub and wear, lifting, bubbling and fraying of the leather with a tear to the bottom. The boards show wear, discoloration and rub to the corners and edges. Interior pages show age-appropriate foxing and spots of browning from dampness. All text is clear and legible and all black-and-white plates bright and vivid. The original protective tissue covering the black-and-white plates is in overall good condition with some small tears. There is stress to the sewn-in bind, although there are NO! pages currently separated from it some of them are loosened. Please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual of the item.
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Approximate measurements: 9-1/4" x 5-3/4" | 756 pages complete | NO! dust jacket
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