BURNET, Gilbert.

Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time.

From the Restoration of K. Charles II. to the conclusion of the treaty of peace at Utrecht, in the reign of Queen Anne. To which is prefixed, a summary recapitulation of affairs in church and state, from King James I. to the Restoration in the year 1660. Together with the author's life, and some explanatory notes by the editor, his son, late one of the judges of his majesty's Court of Common Pleas. The whole revised and corrected by him. The third edition.

London: Printed for T. Davies, 1766 Stock Code: 120621
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A lovely set in a very appealing period binding. First published in two volumes folio in 1724-34, Burnet's (1643-1715) History is one of the most important accounts of the period: "It engendered much excitement and clearly sold well in England, each volume going through a number of editions. In the following years several Dutch and French translations were published on the continent" (ODNB). Doctor Johnson considered it "very entertaining". Provenance: discreet book labels of Sir Robert Laurie (1764-1848), Admiral of the White, wounded fighting as a lieutenant at the Glorious First of June (1794); 20th century book plate of Robert Hayhurst, Lancashire retail chemist and bibliophile, a discriminating collector of 18th-century literature in well-preserved contemporary bindings.

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4 volumes, octavo (212 x 128 mm). Contemporary speckled sheep, richly gilt spines tooled with a repeated crescent-and-crescent-reversed motif interspersed with six-leaved flowers, red and green morocco twin labels, single line gilt border on sides, red speckled egdes.


Engraved portrait frontispiece of Burnet by Simon François Ravenet after Sarah Hoadly.


Short cracks to joints but all bindings sound, some scrapes to covers, a few gatherings in volume IV a little discoloured. A very good set.


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