1724. London: [Vol. I:] Printed for Thomas Ward in the Inner-Temple Lane, 1724; [Vol. II:] Printed for the Editor, by Joseph Downing in Bartholomew-Close, and Henry Woodfall in the Strand, 1734.
2 vols., folio, 836; 765 pp. Contemporary rebacked polished calf, gilt rules, blind tooled decorations on boards (vary slightly between the two vols.), raised bands with title stamped in gilt on black label, red speckled edges. “A Complete Alphabetical Index to the Late Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Time,” slipped in to vol. 2. Both volumes are internally bright with minor foxing, both have some rubbing along edges of binding; very good copies. Both volumes have the bookplate of George Herbert Palmer, volume 1 has an additional bookplate of C. A. and V. Baldwin.
§ First edition. The verso of the title-page in Volume II bears an ink notation: "The Original Manuscript of both Volumes of this History will be deposited in the Cotton Library by T. Burnett (signature of the authors son who was also the editor). Both copies have subscriber list and indices. Bishop Burnet (1643-1715) was a Scottish historian, theologian, and member of the Whig party. Burnet kept a detailed account or “secret history” of events in England during the reign of James II while he lived in exile, after the revolution of 1688 he returned and worked on the history intermittently up until 1713, he spent the last two years of his life revising the work. The final work remains valuable and admired for it’s accurate account of the time period it’s concerned with. ESTC T144689, OCLC 1425303. Item #108039