The author, David Hume, was a Scottsman (1711-1776). His famous work, "History of England" is translated in these from the original English to French. The original edition of this work was well received, and within a few years it brought the author a larger revenue than had ever before been obtained in his country from literature. The volumes were published in Iverdon in the year 1781.
The bindings are half calf, with calf leather spines and marbled board covers. The spines are gilt tooled into six compartments, the orange title plate is gilt tooled as is the navy number plate. The endpapers are plain paper, as are the page edges. Each binding measures:6 3/8" x 3 5/8".
Large sets of classic titles were popular with the French nobility after the revolution when castles and manor homes were trying to rebuild their libraries (many, many volumes were confiscated and burned). This is a very typical set from the period, both in subject and binding style (binders has just begun to use the half calf binding).
The bindings remain in very good condition. There is some normal wear to the covers and edges, but overall, considering their age, the wear is minimal. There is slight foxing to a few volumes but overall the text remains untouched by age.
It is an impressive set on the library shelf, amazing in that it still retains 19 volumes (these large sets were most often broken up and sold singly). The price is for the 19 volume set.
Item ID: LC101
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