Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time, from the Restoration of King Charles II to the Conclusion of the Treaty of Peace of Utrecht, in the Reign of Queen Anne: To Which Is Prefixed a Summary Recapitulation of Affairs in Church and State, from King James I to the Restoration in the Year 1660; Together with the Author's Life, by the Editor and Some Explanatory Notes (Four Volumes, Complete)
London: J. Nunn; R. Priestley; M. Priestley, 1818. First Edition Thus. 1. Leather. Richly bound in half speckled calf over marbled boards, spines in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering on burgundy labels in one compartment, elaborate gilt tooling in the remainder, t.e.g, fore-edges deckle, marbled endpapers. Gilbert Burnet (1643 – 1715) was a Scottish theologian and historian, and Bishop of Salisbury. He was fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Burnet was respected as a cleric, a preacher, and an academic, as well as a writer and historian. Burnet began his "History of My Own Time" in 1683, covering the English Civil War and the Commonwealth of England to the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713. The first volume was published in 1724, ending before the Glorious Revolution. In 1734 the second volume was published, taking the History to the Treaty of Utrecht. The work gives a sketch of the history of the Civil Wars and Commonwealth, and a detailed account of the immediately succeeding period down to 1713. While not free from egotism and some party feeling, it is written with a sincere desire for accuracy and fairness, and it has largely the authority of an eye-witness. The style, if somewhat lacking in dignity, is lively and picturesque. Thomas Babington Macaulay describes Burnet in relation to the king he served, William of Orange: "When the doctor took liberties, which was not seldom the case, his patron became more than usually cold and sullen, and sometimes uttered a short dry sarcasm which would have struck dumb any person of ordinary assurance. In spite of such occurrences, however, the amity between this singular pair continued, with some temporary interruptions, till it was dissolved by death. Indeed it was not easy to wound Burnet's feelings. His self-complacency, his animal spirits, and his want of tact, were such that, though he frequently gave offence, he never took it." [History of England, Vol. 2, Ch 7]. Preliminary pages mildly foxed, former owner's elegant signature and date ("18/9/01") on ffeps, otherwise unmarked, tight, square and clean. An extremely handsome set. VERY GOOD.. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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