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MACAULAY, Catharine.

The History of England

from the accession of James I to the elevation of the House of Hanover. Edit. III.

London, for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1769-72 Stock Code: 68942
£1,750.00
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Notes

First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes are dated 1769, while the fifth bears no edition statement and is dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in 1774 to improve her health, which had been badly affected by the effort of completing her latest volume, led to a hiatus and publication was not resumed until two more volumes appeared in 1781 and the eighth and final volume in 1783. Macaulay's freely expressed republican ideas and warmly expressed sympathy for the colonists had significant influence in America, and through her History she became acquainted with Benjamin Franklin, Josiah Quincy, Benjamin Rush, Richard Henry Lee, John Adams, Ezra Styles, and Jonathan Mayhew, many of whom visited her in Britain.

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Description

5 volumes (all published to date), octavo (210 x 132 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines gilt in compartments, contrasting red morocco lettering- and numbering-pieces, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved medallion portrait frontispiece. Bookplates of H. Moody.

Condition

Spines rather worn, still a very good set.

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