HUME, David (1711-76).
Title The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688. Vols. 1-2.
Publisher London: J. M'Creery for Cadell and Davies, J. Johnson, et al., 1807. 1807
Seller ID G01040
Vols. 1-2 only [of a total 8]. 8vo. xxviii, 484; [viii], 511 pp. Vol. 1 water-stain to pastedowns affecting first and last few pages, Vol. 2 off-setting to end-leaves. Original tree calf, gilt-stamped black leather spine labels; heavily worn, covers reattached with kozo, Vol. 1 spine head blackened. Rubber stamps of W. J. Pickin-Whitemoor. As is. "Although David Hume…is now widely recognized as one of the great British philosophers, in his own day he had at least as much impact as a historian. His History of England appeared in four installments between 1754 and 1762. It was quickly established as a classic, overshadowing most other multi-volume histories of Great Britain that followed during the 18th and 19th centuries. The work far outlasted the expected lifespan of histories of this sort. Even after Hume's death, the History was revised and adapted by others, and by the end of the 19th century it went through over 100 editions and reprinting" (Fieser, p. xiii). Fieser, James. Early Responses to Hume's 'History of England. London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005. "A new addition, with the Author's last Corrections and Improvements. To which is prefixed, a short Account of his Life, written by Himself."