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London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand. 1762. 6 volumes. 4to, 252 x 192 mms., pp. viii, 424; viii, 446 [447 Errata, 448 blank]; viii, 402; iv, [403] - 739 [740 adverts]; vi, 473 [474 adverts]; v [vi blank], 452, contemporary mottled calf, red and olive green morocco labels (chipped); some wear to joints but all firm, corners crushed, other minor wear to binding, but generally a good to very good set, with an early 20th century inscription on the front paste-down end-paper of the first four volumes of "RalphFurse/ inherited from/ John Dolignon/ 1918" with the autograph "Dolignon" on the upper margin of the recto of the front free end-paper of the first four volumes. The civil servant Sir Ralph Dolignon Furse (1887 - 1973) was instrumental in opening up the colonial service to the dominion. See ODNB. Hume's History of England was issued in six quarto volumes between 1754 and 1762, with the last two volumes covering the most recent period (up to the Revolution), For this 1762, Millar reissued the earlier volumes, with cancel title-pages. Later editions of the work omitted two passages about Catholic "superstition" in the 1754 volume (i. e., volume 5 in the complete set) , on pp.7 - 9, and pp. 25 - 27. An early reviewer of the 1754 volume. R. Flexman in the Monthly Review for March, 1755, charged Hume with indecent reflections on the protestant religion, as if it were "the casual effect of fanaticism and enthusiasm, than the amiable offspring of free enquiry and rational conviction." (Book ref. 8094)
Lugd. Batavorum, Apud Franciscum Hackium, 1644. Small 12mo, 126 x 68 mms., pp. 416 [417 - 419 Index, 420 blank], including engraved title-page, recently rebound in full antique-style calf, morocco label; lower margin slightly wormed throughout but a very good copy. Sermones Fideles, the Latin translation of Bacon's essays, was first published in 1641, and this second edition has been completely reset. The text here consists of 62 essays. William Hazlitt remarked of Bacon, "It is not easy to make room for him and his reputation together. This great and celebrated man in some of his works recommends it to pour a bottle of claret into the ground of a morning, and to stand over it inhaling the perfumes. So he sometimes enriched the dry and barren soil of speculation with the fine aromatic spirit of his genius." Gibson 52a. (Book ref. 7142)
London, Printed for J. Nourse..., 1752. FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION. 8vo, 200 x 120 mms., pp. viii], 372, contemporary lightly speckled calf, spine ornately gilt in compartments, morocco; spine a little rubbed, edges of title-page browned, but generally a very good copy. Burlamaqui (1694 - 1748) had also written The Principles of Natural Law, which had been published in 1748, also translated by Thomas Nugent. His basic principle is often described as "rational utilitarianism." Among his concerns here familiar: waging war, including reprisals, when questions of ownership of property are in dispute. The original French edition, Principes du Droit Politique (Geneva, 1751), has an interesting textual history, in that it was published from an incomplete manuscript after his death. Burlamaqui had left his manuscripts to his sister and daughter, instructing them that the manuscript(s) was/were not to be published in book form; since they had the original manuscript, it is not clear how the editors of the French edition managed to find or to construct a copy-text. Nugent obviously translated from the French text of 1751, but he makes no allusion to or mention of the textual sources of Principes du Droit Politique. Goldsmiths' 875. (Book ref. 6971)
London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley..., 1754. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 4to, 240 x 195 mms., pp 7 [8 blank], 19th century marbled wrappers; leaves very closely trimmed with lost of upper portion of "The" in top margin of title-page, as well as second line of imprint in lower margin. The fable of Jotham is recounted in Judges 9, 7-15, where Jotham mocks the choice of Abimelech as king. In this instance, two merchants are invited to stand for a borough in Cornwall and pass an instructive evening in Exeter. (Book ref. 6574)
London, Printed; and sold by Thomas Osborne...and William Sandby... [inter alia], 1751 - 1761. FIRST EDITION. 24 volumes. 8vo, 197 x 124 mms., recently rebound in blue-green buckram, light blue spines. A sturdy and usable set, but not in the most sympathetic binding. Although the work is attributed to that ubiquitous author, "Several Hands," the authors, editors, and compilers are usually named as Francis Drake (bap. 1696, d. 1771), antiquary and surgeon, and Caesar Ward (bap. 1710, d. 1759), the York bookseller and historian. Drake was primarily responsible for the first eight volumes, of which Ward, writing to Charles Lyttleton, then dean of Exeter, "I did little more than soften some Expressions; but the last ten was such a Skeleton of a History, that I can say, with great Truth, I have bestow'd as many Hours, at least, upon it as Mr. D. himself. I do not mean hereby to claim any Share of Honor as an Author—Profit is more suitable to the Circumstance of a Man who has a Wife & 6 Children; and You will please to observe that, by Agreement, I am to disburse the whole Charge of Paper & Print &c. And (this paid) we are to divide the Profits" (Ward to Lyttleton, 13 Jan 1755, BL, Stowe MSS; Oxford DNB). A second edition of the work was published in 1763. (Book ref. 6409)
London: Printed for R. Baldwin..., 1752. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 182 x 137 mms., pp. 352, contemporary calf, gilt spine morocco label; some damp-staining. Z4 creased, front joint slightly cracked, but a good copy. Mallet (1701/02? - 1765) was Bolingbroke's literary executor and produced this biography, as well as an edition of Bolingbroke's works, after Bolingbroke died in 1751. (Book ref. 6392)
[London] [?1718]. SOLE EDITION. 8vo, 180 x 110 mms., drop-head title only, stitched as issued, blue covers; fore-margin closely trimmed and frayed with some loss of letters. ESTC T169026 notes that "Mr. S-----y C------y" is "Mr. Secretary Craggs," i. e., James Craggs the younger (1686–1721), diplomatist and politician, secretary of state for war. The pamphlet is concerned with the implications of the Quadruple Alliance of 1718 and alludes to Craggs's pamphlet, Letter to the Spanish ambassador dated from Hampton Court, 4 Sept. 1718. (Book ref. 6313)
London, Printed by John Darby..., 1699. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 165 [166 Errata], contemporary calf, rebacked rather firmly, morocco label. A very good copy. Toland's life of Milton first appeared in an edition of Milton's prose works published in 1698, often referred to as Toland's edition, though he had little or nothing to do with the editing of the text: "The edition is commonly known as 'Toland's', but he was not the editor. He remarked elsewhere that he would have omitted several of the works" (Coleridge). Toland's life is printed in Volume 1, which is signed and dated: I. T. Sept. 3. 1698. Toland made some use of the biographical information found in Edward Phillips' Letters of State (1694). Toland emphasizes Milton's political interests and beliefs, which called forth an anonymous commentary, Remarks on the Life of Mr. Milton (1699), which emphasized instead Milton's poetry. Toland replied to this and other criticisms in Amyntor (1699). Wing T 1776. Coleridge 414. (Book ref. 6193)
London: Printed for T. Cadell..,m 1779. 8vo (in 4s), pp. vi, 58, including half-title, disbound. Adams, 79-69f. (Book ref. 6029)
Londini, Typis Excudebant W. Browne & J. Warren..., 1788. 8vo, pp. [ii], viii, cxxxvii [cxxxviii Errata slip], contemporary calf, gilt spine, black morocco label; no portraits, binding a little worn, but a very good copy. (Book ref. 5839)
London: John Harris..., 1825. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, pp. vii [viii blank], 205 [206 blank, 207 - 208 adverts],with additional engraved title-page (soiled and mounted), engraved frontispiece, and a further engraved title-page, recent quarter calf, red morocco label, circular engraving of helmeted Greek figure on front paste-down end-paper. (Book ref. 5838)
London: Henry G. Bohn..., 1844. 8vo, pp. viii, 304, library buckram; title-page (?cancel) almost detached at inner margin and slightly water-stained, library stamps in blind on title-page and preceding blank prelims, ex-library, with library pockeT on inside rear cover. (Book ref. 5836)
London: Printed by Stafford and Davenport, for T. Payne and Son..., 1788. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [iii] - xii, 159 [160 blank], early 19th century half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine (a little nicked); lacks half-title. With the armorial bookplate of Benjamin Edward Hall on the front paste-down end-paper and the oval binder's ticket of C. Godwin, Bath in the upper left-hand corner. Samuel Parr (1747 - 1825) published in 1787 an edition of a work by William Bellenden (c. 1550 - 1633?) entitled De tribus luminibus Romanorum libri sexdecim but using the characters of Burke, Fox, and Lord North. William Beloe, one of Parr's pupils, translated the work, but Parr did not think much of it, as it had been made without his authorization: "I avoided all praise upon the translation, because he very often mistook the meaning, and never represented, the meaning of my words...." A note in a contemporary hand on the front free end-paper quotes from Bibliotheca Parriana (1827) to the effect that in Parr's own copy of the translation about the "notorious William Beloe." There are notes in the same hand on the recto of the leaf following the last page of text. (Book ref. 5645)
London: Printed for J. Wright..., 1798. 8vo, pp. 92, disbound; Scotch tape over spine in four places, affecting title-page and last page of text about a half inch each time. (Book ref. 5641)
[N. p., n. p.], 1792. 8vo, pp. 15 [16 blank], disbound; some leaves detached. Combe (1742 - 1823) wrote this work when he was a part of Pitt's ministry, charged with the task of writing favourable commentaries on government activities. There were several editions of this work in 1792, and this one, without place of publication or publisher, is possibly a Scottish piracy. (Book ref. 5640)
London: Printed, and Sold by James Roberts..., 1727. FIRST EDITION. 8vo (in 4s), pp. 112, disbound; title-page a bit soiled. Sabin 32280. Goldsmiths' 6501. (Book ref. 5639)
London: Printed for A. Moore..., 1730. 8vo (in 4s), pp. 51 [52 blank], disbound. Another edition of 32 pages was published in the same year, but it is not clear which has precedence. Bolingbroke suspected that the French were rebuilding the harbour of Dunkirk and re-fortifying it, in contravention of the Treaty of Utrecht: "The case of Dunkirk certainly rattled many independent backbenchers. To weaken their attachment to the opposition Walpole made great play of Bolingbroke's clandestine and suspicious role in bringing on the whole debate. He succeeded in turning the debate into a discussion on Bolingbroke's past conduct and he managed to discredit the opposition's legitimate criticism of ministerial negligence. Bolingbroke tried in vain to recover lost ground by writing The Case of Dunkirk Faithfully Stated and Impartially Considered (1730), and followed this up with a justification of his own conduct" (Oxford DNB). Goldsmiths' 6825. (Book ref. 5636)
London: Printed for J. Wilford..., 1734. FIRST EDITION. 8vo (in 4s), pp. [iv], 27 [28 blank], including half-title, uncut, stitched as issued; half-title slightly soiled, edges a little frayed. (Book ref. 5634)
London: Printed for John Wilkie..., 1760. 8vo, pp. [3] - 144, disbound; lacks half-title. Sabin 46916. (Book ref. 5633)
Paris, Printed, Dublin reprinted by William Porter, For Burnet [and 18 others], 1791. 8vo (in 4s), pp. [iv], 60, including half-title; fore-margin of half-title slightly frayed and with short tear, slight browning. Todd 54i. (Book ref. 5182)