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Hume, David. The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688. London: Robert Bowyer, printed by T. Bensley, 1806. Large folio (20 in. tall), ¾ green Morocco over marbled paper boards, gilt spine lettering and edges of lea, six spine bands. Each of Hume’s volumes is contained in two volumes here (i.e., Hume’s Table of Contents for Volume One is contained in Vols. 1 and 2). Each chapter with initial illustrated page. Edges of leaves not trimmed. Vol. 1: frontis of Hume, documents presenting the work to the king and parliament, life of David Hume (i-viii), letter (ix-xiii), [xiv-xvi], second frontis, 352pp. This volume covers the Britons, Anglo-Saxons, Norman conquest, through Stephen (1135-1154). Vol. 2: tp, pp. 353-759, Henry II to the reign of Edward I and the continued attempt of Scotland to revolt under William Wallace and Robert Bruce. Vol. 3: tp, Table of Contents (Second Volume), [1]-428. Edward II to Edward IV (1482). Vol. 4: tp, pp 429-883. Edward V to Henry VIII (table of contents indicates that Henry VII has two chapters, and Henry VIII has six). (1547) Vol. 5: tp, Table of Contents (3rd Volume). Pp. [1] – 384. Edward VI to Elizabeth (I). Vol. 6: tp, pp. 385 – 821. Elizabeth to James (1625). In the Appendix to the Reign of James I, Hume goes into various topics, such as government, ecclesiastical government, manners, finances, military matters, manufactures, colonies and the arts. He notes: “What chiefly renders the reign of James memorable is the commencement of the English colonies in America;…Queen Elizabeth had done little more than given a name to the continent of Virginia; and, after her planting one feeble colony, which quickly decayed, that country was entirely abandoned.” He also addresses literature and the arts, including Shakespeare and the other poets and writers, Chaucer, Spenser, Johnson, Milton, Bacon, etc. Vol. 7: tp, Table of Contents (Fourth Volume), [1] – 411. Charles I to 1647. (Charles I has ten chapters.) Vol. 8: tp, 413 – 836. Charles I to Charles II (1674). Vol. 9: tp, Table of Contents, Charles II to James II. Pp. [1] – 322. (ca 1689) Vol. 10: tp, 323 – 638. James II (to 341). Remainder of vol. is notes and index, etc. Hume’s The History of England first appeared in six volumes in 1754, 1756, 1759 and 1761. The first two volumes to be published were 5 (1754) and 6 (1756), under the title The History of Great Britain, covering basically 1603-1688. The history of the Tudors was the subsequent two volumes, and finally two volumes tracing the origins of the English nation, and becoming the History of England. Hume was one of the first to focus on topics other than kings and battles, such as manners, arts, manufactures, government, finance. The work was long considered the standard of Engish history, even though it upset all political persuasions. But as a result, it has gone through at least a hundred editions. This, Bowyer’s massive “atlas folio,” is one of the more sumptuous and desirable ones, including 196 illustrations. Originally sold to subscribers in paper and card folios with paper labels on front, who then had them bound to suit. These volumes show enough wear to make one believe they have been in the family for generations, but not enough to endanger the integrity of the volume. Period: First quarter of the 19th century Origin: England Size: 20" tall.

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    David Hume (Author)
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  • Date of Manufacture
    1806
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    Good
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 14 in. x D 2 in.H 50.8 cm x W 35.56 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Seller Reference Number
    z377
  • Sold As
    Set of 10
  • Reference Number
    LU4019311856033
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