London and Edinburgh: W. Strahan, T. Cadell, and J. Balfour, 1777. [New World History] FIRST EDITIONS. Two volumes. Quarto (28 x 22cm), pp.xxiv; 488; pp. 535 . With the folding Aztec plate facing p.482 of volume II. With the original speckled calf boards, recently re-backed in matching brown calf, with gilt titles to contrasting red and green labels to spines, with additional blind decoration. Armorial bookplate of George Preston to front pastedown of each volume. Also showing discreet 'Withdrawn' library stamps and other minor library markings to endpapers and title pages. Generally clean internally, with occasional light spotting, and very occasional blind stamps. Heavy wear to original boards. Restored to an attractive, practical condition. Very good. Principal of the University of Edinburgh from 1762, concurrent with the apogee of the Scottish Enlightenment, Robertson is best know for his defining works on the History of Scotland, the Americas, and Emperor Charles V. This title charts the conquest and settlement of the Americas by Europeans between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The second edition was issued in 1778 with an extra plate and four maps. These were probably available separately as well, and first editions can be found with these bound in, although they are not called for by Sabin. Item #59338
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