London: Printed for Isaac Cleave, Abel Roper, A. Bosvile, and Richard Basset, 1702. [English History] SECOND EDITION, corrected. Two volumes. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp. 503 ; pp. 286; 307-554 . With principal dates and events printed in the margins for easy reference, an index to volume II, and 29 copper engraved plates, including a frontispiece montage of Briton, Roman, Saxon, Dane and Norman to volume I. Contemporary full speckled and panelled calf with raised bands and gilt volume numbers to spines. Later hand-written paper title labels also to spines. All edges speckled red. Black ink ownership to blank side of frontispiece in volume I. Double black ink ownership of Richard Musgrave to title page of both volumes. An exceptionally bright, clean copy, with toning to title pages and occasionally to plates. Frequent misprintings to both text and pagination. An apparent lacuna in volume II is simply a misprint; no leaves missing. Moderate wear and bumping to bindings. Some minor restoration and recolouring to head and tail caps. Later, probably nineteenth-century, title labels heavily browned, with half of one missing to volume II. An attractive pair. Very good. Volume I races through pre-history, the Roman occupation and the Anglo-Saxon period in a few short pages, before tackling the Norman and Angevin monarchs fairly smartly as well (the publishers seem to have declined even to include a plate of the Empress Matilda). Only with Henry VIII does the coverage begin to appear generous, while the entire second volume is devoted to the period between the accession of Elizabeth I and the year 1697, in the reign of William III (plates of Oliver and Richard Cromwell also not included by the publishers). Item #58615
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