HUME, DAVID. 1711-1776.
The History of England. Edinburgh: Hamilton, Balfour, and Neill (volume 1); London: A. Millar (volumes 2-6): 1754-62.
6 volumes. 4to (254 x 199 mm to 268 x 200 mm). vi, 473, ; , , 459, ; viii, 402; iv, 403-739, ; viii, 424; viii, 446, [1 errata] pp. Half-titles volumes 3 & 5, without half-title volume 6. Contemporary calf, spines gilt (not all uniform but each issued pair of volumes uniform). Vols 1-2 & 5-6 rebacked, vols 1-2 recornered; some light faint foxing to prelims, minor wear to extremities of boards, an excellent set overall.
Provenance: William Charles de Meuron, Earl Fitzwilliam (armorial bookplate vols 1 & 2); Scott Chad (engraved bookplate vols 3 & 4); Hume scholar Dr. A.W. Colver; by descent to present owner.
FIRST EDITIONS, COMPLETE SET. Hume's immensely successful history was published in four installments from 1754-62. Comprising three separate, two- volume works, the history extends from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the revolution of 1688, but was written in reverse chronology. "The work was exceptionally popular, especially during the 19th century when around 150 editions and reprintings of the work appeared" (Fieser p 27). Jessop pp 27-30.