London: Printed by T.H. for Richard Chiswell, J. Churchill, 1679, 1683, 1715. Hardcover. Written by Scottish philosopher and historian Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715), this was considered to be the standard reference on this subject for over a century. The Parliament of England voted to formally thank Burnet after he published the first volume and he was later awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University. Three volumes bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works" to spines. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards of all volumes. This was the motto of the Order of the Garter, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715. Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges to all volumes. Long cracks to front and rear boards of first volume, but boards remain attached. Chipping and wear to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners of all volumes. Minor rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester, Lynden Bonnie Evans, and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. Another previous owner's name in pen to top margin of title page of volume two. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. Illustrated title page plus seven plates to first volume, illustrated title pages plus eight plates to second volume, five plates to supplement. Interiors are clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Volume I: Progress Made in it during the Reign of K. Henry the VII, 368 pages; Volume II: of the Progress made in it till the Settlement of it in the beginning of Q. Elizabeth Reign, 416 pages; Volumes III: Supplement, 426 plus a table of records and papers. An oversized, heavy set that may require an extra shipping fee. REL/032119. Very Good.
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