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[Americana] Robertson, William
The History of America
London: for W. Strahan; T. Cadell; J. Balfour at Edinburgh, 1777. In two volumes. First edition. Folio. Complete with errata. Illustrated with four folding engraved maps and one folding plate, some offsetting from maps. Contemporary tree calf, rebacked and with corners restored, stamped in gilt, red and black morocco spine labels, scratches to front and rear boards, blistering to same; marbled endpapers; armorial book-plate of Hugh Rogers on front paste-down in second volume; large 18th century book binder's label (180 x 138 mm) of Tucker, Bookbinder, Stationer, Penryn, September 9th, 1788 on rear paste-down in first volume, ownership signature at head of title-page in each volume, scattered light foxing to text and plates. Ex-library with labels on front paste-down of each volume. Howes R358; Sabin 27097."Its vivid descriptions and philosophical disquisitions on aboriginal society captivated the literary world...Keats, who read it with enthusiasm many years after, owed to it the suggestion of his famous simile of Cortez and his men." (DNB)

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[Americana] Robertson, William, The History of America

Estimate $400 - $700Jan 30, 2020
Starting Price $200
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Auction Curated By:
Darren Winston
Head of Department Books, Maps & Manuscripts Photographs & Photobooks