HUME, David, & Tobias Smollett.

The History of England.

From the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688. To which is Prefixed, a Short Account of his Life, written by Himself [and] From the Revolution to the End of the American War.

Philadelphia: Robert Campbell, 1795-98 Stock Code: 138168
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First American edition. A handsomely bound set of Hume's famous history, first published in 1754-61, and continued by Smollett after his death. Published by Robert Campbell (17691800) in Philadelphia, the first American edition was a subscription edition produced over two years (17956) and in six volumes, with Smollett's continuation produced in a further six volumes (1796-98).

"Hume triumphantly demonstrated that it was possible to write such history in a manner which combined good historical argument with good writing, and thereby appealed to an extensive readership" (ODNB).

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Description

12 volumes, octavo (221 x 123 mm). Contemporary tree sheep, red morocco labels to spines with titles in gilt, cream endpapers, marbled edges.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispieces of Hume by Thomson and numerous monarchs to each volume.

Condition

A little rubbed, slight wear and worming to some spine ends and sides, offsetting from frontispieces, light browning throughout, endpapers heavily foxed, otherwise a very good set in contemporary binding.

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