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Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time, Volume VI, 1753


Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time, Volume VI.

Printed by Hamilton, Balfour and Neill, Edinburgh, 1753.

Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), also Bishop of Salisbury, was a Scottish historian and philosopher, and a close confidante of King William II. The 1st volume of History of His Own Time was published in 1713 and was followed by 5 further volumes.

This volume he also calls a 'Continuation of Book VII, and of the Reign of Queen Anne'. It covers the period from the new Parliament opening of 1709 to the Queen's speech of 1713, followed by 'The Conclusion' and his autobiography 'The Author's Life'.

A good copy. Full original leather covers with raised bands, which are heavily worn and degraded (and now stabilised with Cellugel). Covers are intact with fragile joints. Text is in good condition. Previous owner's signature to top of title page, discoloration to endpapers, and soiled page edges. Previous owners bookplate to first pastedown. But overall text block is good, and clean for age. A scarce Scottish printing.

Title page + 10pp Contents + 337pp +2pp Inscription in Latin and English + a substantial unnumbered General Index to the 6 Volumes.

Dimensions approximately 172mm x 102mm x 32mm.