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1802. … Eight volumes 8vo full sheepskin Havana of the time, faded titles and volume numbers, with five nerves and decorated guilt lines, a portrait in medallion engraved by RAVENET according to DONALDSON. New edition of this history of England, the first having appeared in 1770, with the Authors last Corrections and Improvements. To which is prefixed, A short Account of his Life, written by Himself. Boards and backstrips are chipped and worn. Corners and top/bottom of backstrip are particularly worn All boards and pages are present. All volumes have pages attached to the bookblock or to the detached covers. A candidate for re-binding, may be. Full-Leather 8vo – over 7Â¾ – 9Â¾ tall. Volume I begins with the known origins of Great Britain. From the Britains, Romans, Saxons, to the Anglo-Saxons, through Ethelred, Settlement of the Normans, William the Conqueror, William Rufus, Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, along with the State of Ireland. Volume I has 484 pages. The inside hinges of the book are sound. There are rubs and wear visible to the edges and extremities, especially corners of the covers and head and tail of spine. No previous owners name or markings of any sort. The outside hinges (outside of the book) are splitting. There is some light leather loss at the corners of this volume where you can see the board. The pages are, for the most part, bright and clean. There is some very very mild foxing, mostly to earliest leaves. Volume II s contents include Richard I, John, The Feudal and Anglo-Norman Government, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, Edward III etc. This volume contains 511 pages. Very little evidence of foxing, pages are mostly bright. On the covers of this volume, there is some leather loss at the edges of the front and rear covers where you can see the underlying board. The inside hinges of the book are firm and sound but the outside hinges show evidence of some splitting. Volume III begins with a chapter on Richard II, and includes chapters on Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III, Henry VII, Henry VIII, and much much more of course. This volume contains 464 pages. There is some leather loss on rear cover edge of this volume that exposes underlying board along with commiserate rubs at corners. Inner hinges are tight and sound, outer cover hinges just starting to split. Volume IV begins with Henry VIII, and covers vital history through Edward VI, Mary, Lady Jane Gray, etc., through 1558 and has 464 pages. This volume has some rubs and wear to covers, at edges and extremities and rubs at corners reveal underlying board. Rear outer hinge shows beginnings of splitting. Inside hinges are tight and sound at both front and rear. Volume V begins with Elizabeth in 1558 and covers James I as well as all vital history pertaining to England during this era, including France, etc. through 1612 and has 536 pages. This volume has the usual rubs and wear to edges and extremities of covers. Inner hinges are firm and sound. Some beginning splitting to outer hinges is evident. Most of the wear is to head and tail of spine as is true with all of the volumes. I photographed this volumes front cover so you can see the flaw. Volume VI covers the period from 1612 to 1643. There are 588 pages. This volume shows some mild rubs to edges and extremities of covers and hinges are firm and sound though rear outer hinge is splitting. One of the rear blank leaves or endpapers was pulled. Volume VII begins with the Invasion of the Scots in 1644 and ends in 1674. There are 532 pages. This volume has the expected rubs and wear to edges and extremities of covers. The internal hinges are firm and sound. Outer hinges (outside covers) reveal some splitting at rear and beginnings of splitting at front. There are some small scuffs to covers. Volume VIII begins in 1674 and ends with the Revolution in 1688 and ends in 1889. There are 338 pages of history text followed by a complete index unpaginated that is approximately 22