The History of England by David Hume.

Oxford: Published by William Pickering, Talboys and Wheeler, 1827. Eight vols., 8vo., xxxiv, [1]-429; x, [1]-452; xii, [1]-406, [1 prospectus]; xiv, [1]-407; xiii, [1]-466; xii, [1]-508; xiv, [1]-467; xii, [1]-461, [2 ads] pp., numerous engraved portraits. Modern quarter calf ruled in blind, marbled paper boards, backstrip with five raised bands, red and green calf labels lettered in gilt, flourishes and rules in gilt to panels, edges uncut. Some minor foxing to leaves in close proximity to the plates, otherwise a very good set. First edition thus, Oxford English Classics edition, by David Hume (1711–1776), philosopher and historian. Volume one includes Hume’s essay “My Own Life,” and “Letter from Adam Smith, LL.D. to William Strahan, Esq.” Hume published The History of Great Britain, volume 1, in 1754, two years later he completed volume 2, which worked its way up to the revolution of 1688 and was the least controversial of all his volumes. Hume then turned back to cover the Tudor era, covered in two volumes and published in 1759 as The History of England, under the House of Tudor. The final two volumes which extended to Henry VII, were published in 1761, but were printed with the date of 1762. New editions were published in rapid succession beginning with the first octavo edition of 1763. In some ways Hume’s History was not extraordinary in that it stuck to eighteenth century norms for a ‘civil history’, concentrating on constitutional development and relations between civil power and the church, but Hume was not just a historian but a philosopher and a fine writer. His strong historical argument took his History further, appealing to a large readership, much like his other great work, A Treatise of Human Nature. Keynes, p. 62. Kelly, p. 21. (Item Id: 108479)

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