The HISTORY of ENGLAND, as well ECCLESIASTICAL as CIVIL from the EARLIEST PERIOD to the Close of the Twelfth Parliament of Great Britain together with the History of Scotland, Ireland and the Neighbou
First edition. 10 leather bound volumes. Vols 1 – 4: dated 1766. Vols 5 – 7: dated 1767. Vols 8, 9 and 10 are undated, as they are continuations (Vol 8’s page numbers follow on from Vol 7 and page numbers in Vols 9 and 10 follow on from the preceding volume). Frontispiece to Vol 1: “Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, haranguing the Ancient Britons ” engraving by Samuel Wale (1721-1786) and Charles Grignion (1717-1810). Dedication addressed to the Right Hon. John, Earl and Viscount Ligonier. In his Preface, Kimber writes, 'I may, and perhaps with great show of reason, be accused of temerity in attempting to write an History of ENGLAND, after so many valuable and learned Men have seemingly exhausted the subject' and goes on to say, 'One main principle that has impelled me to this publication, is my desire to remove the clouds which party attachments, and bigotted heat, have thrown over the transactions, ecclesiastical as well as civil, of this country; as I have with much concern, observed the most respectable historians, even in this age of liberal enquiry has produced, too much tainted with the prejudices of, the secret bias to a particular set of men and opinions, or warped by some favourite views of fame or interest.' 8vo., Vol 1: title page, 480pp, plus Index to Vol 1; Vol. 2: title page, 472 pp; Vol. 3: title page, 477 pp; Vol. 4: title page, 484 pp; Vol. 5: title page, 480 pp; Vol. 6: title page, 510 pp; Vol. 7: title page, 544 pp; Vol. 8: title page, 568 pp; Vol. 9: no title page, pp 569 -1142; Vol. 10: no title page, pp 1143 – 1677, plus Index to Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Volumes. All vols bound in contemporary calf. Title on spine only in gilt on red band, with volume number beneath. Bookseller Inventory # 122
Author Edward Kimber
Condition Some bumping and wear to the leather bindings. Pages are tight and clean in all 10 volumes.