London: various, various. Hardcover. Volume 1: For the Year 1758, the seventh edition, London: J. Dodsley, n.d.Volume 2: For the Year 1759, the eighth edition, London:Otridge and Son; R. Faulder, etc.; 1802 Volume 3: For the Year 1760, the ninth edition, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. 1811 Volume 4: For the Year 1761, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. n.d. Volume 5: For the Year 1762, the fifth edition, London: J. Dodsley, 1787 These are later editions of the first five volumes of Edmond Burke's ambitious publication that ran from 1759-1824, designed as a summary of chief events of each year. It was called "the most valuable record and chronicle of historical and political events for over a hundred years" [Sabin]. Most notable in these volumes are the lengthy contemporaneous accounts of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Each year had standard sections, such as the war events, State papers, Chronicles and Book Reviews. But each year had sections that were relevant to that year but not necessarily others, such as "Remarkable Characters," or "Extraordinary Adventures." The Adventures section in the 1758 volume has an indeed extraordinary first person account of an Englishman imprisoned in the heinous Black Hole of Calcutta. Another highlight is the 1762 volume, which has detailed and fascinating descriptions of the coronation of King George III and of his marriage to Princess then Queen Charlotte, complete with order of procession, attendees and attendants, attire of the King and Queen, banquet menus, and more. The volumes are bound uniformly in brown three quarter leather with brown and black marbled paper boards. Marbled paper edges. The volumes are in very good condition, with some bumping and chipping to some of leather, and scuffing to the marbled paper boards of volumes 4 and 5. Interiors are also in very good condition. Light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers, creasing to several page edges in volumes 1 and 4. Volume 1: 495 pages + contents list; Volume 2: 494 pages + contents list; Volume 3: 271 + 260 pages + contents list; Volume 4: 304 + 316 pages +contents list; Volume 5: 267 + 259 + contents list. Very Good.
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London: J. Dodsley, 1785. Quite scarce. This is a dense and comprehensive listing of the men holding each of the peerages of England, Scotland, and Ireland at the time of publication, along with a history of their lineage. In addition to detailed information about the peers and their families, there are 86 pages showing the coats of arms for each peerage. Supplemented with an index and directory. Bound in burgundy three quarter leather with red cloth covers. Signs of handling but nice. Interior pages have occasional foxing, spoting, and offsetting but generally clean and legible. Page edges are untrimmed. Library stamp for Frederick College on title page but no other signs of ex-library. Very good condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 428 pages. ENGHIS/030821.