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HUME, David.

Historia de Inglaterra,

desde la invasion de Julio César hasta el fin del reinado de Jacobo II (Año de J. C. 1689). Por David Hume, continuada hasta nuestros dias por Smollet, Adolphus, Aikin. Traducida por Don Eugenio de Ochoa, y adornada con 32 finisimas laminas gravbadas sobre acero.

Barcelona: Francisco Oliva, 1842-1845 Stock Code: 141008
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First edition in Spanish of Hume's History of Great Britain, originally published in six quarto volumes between 1754 and 1762, volume five containing the continuations by Smollett, Adolphus and Aikin. Although the title page announces 32 engraved plates, only 17 were included, as demonstrated by the list at the end of volume five.

Hume's monumental History is "the first attempt at a comprehensive treatment of historic facts, the first to introduce the social and literary aspects of a nation's life as only second in importance to its political fortunes, and the first historical writing in an animated yet refined and polished style" (Encyclopædia Britannica 11th edn XIII, 878).

The History became a popular classic within Hume's lifetime and did more than any of his other works to make his name known to the general reading public. He composed it in reverse: having intended to begin with the reign of Henry VII and to continue to the accession of the House of Hanover, he in fact started with the period from the union of the English and Scottish crowns to the revolution of 1688; this is the era covered by the first two volumes. He then turned back to the Tudors and next to the early periods from the invasion of Julius Caesar.

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Five volumes bound in four, octavo (226 x 140 mm). Contemporary quarter roan and pebble grained boards, spines ruled and decorated gilt in compartments, direct lettered gilt, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges.


With 17 steel engraved plates.


Modern ownership inscriptions in pencil and in ballpoint to front free endpaper of volume two. Joints and corners to two volumes neatly repaired. Contents leaves to volume one misbound at the beginning of volume two, partly unopened. Occasional light spotting, more so to the plates; a very good set.


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