THE FIRST EDITION - FIRST ISSUE (1771)

GOLDSMITH, Oliver

The History of England, from the Earliest Times to the Death of George II. In Four Volumes.

Published: London: Printed for T. Davies .. Becket and De Hondt; and T. Cadell

Date: 1771

first edition, first issue 4 vols. 8vo. [4 (half-title & title)], viii, 384, [23 (index)]; [4 (half-title & title)],420, [28 (index)]; [4 (half-title & title)], 454, [22 (index)]; [4 (half-title & title)], 412, [23 (index)]pp., copper-plate engraved portraits of English monarchs heading the relevant chapters, contemporary calf, spines with raised bands and (later) maroon morocco title labels gilt, one panel direct gilt numbered, some wear to some board corners, spines a bit scuffed, vol. 2 with some chaffing to ends of spine and cracking of joints, some joints and spine ends of other volumes sometime refurbished, else very good.

Note
TEMPLE SCOTT Goldsmith, p.272-3. In this copy the running headline on page 149 of vol.2 reads 'Edward III' instead of 'Richard II'. Scott states that this error marks the first issue and that it was corrected in later issues.

£380

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