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6V David Hume HISTORY OF ENGLAND 1860 Complete Decorative Gilt Julius Caesar Romans Britons Picts Saxons James the Second Henry II Elizabeth I Star Chamber Sir Walter Raleigh Puritans Ireland Scotland Court Battle France Orleans

Title: The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Abdication of James the Second, 1688
Author: David Hume - David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and scepticism. He was one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist.

Publisher: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1860
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: Bound in blindstamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, this complete six-volume antique set contains an engraved tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author in volume I. The History of England (1754-61) is David Hume's great work on the history of England, which he wrote in installments while he was librarian to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. It was published in six volumes in 1754, 1756, 1759, and 1761. The first publication of his History was greeted with outrage by all political factions, but it became a best-seller, finally giving him the financial independence he had long sought. Both the British Library and the Cambridge University Library, as well as Hume's own library, still list him as "David Hume, the historian." Hume's History spanned "from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688" and went through over 100 editions. Many considered it the standard history of England in its day.
Condition / Notes: These volumes show well with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with scattered soiling. Some volumes exhibit chipping and loss to high points, particularly to the spines. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. A previous owner’s handwritten name and small name stamp appear on front endpapers and title pages.

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6V David Hume HISTORY OF ENGLAND 1860 Complete

Estimate $70 - $200May 19