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Título: The History of England, from the Invasion of...
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Chuo 53. The portrait of Hume is present in all the earliest octavo editions of his History, with the reversal of letters in the word 'PHILOSOPHY' uncorrected. 'In 1748 Hume wrote "I have long had an intention, in my riper years, of composing some History" (Hume to Oswald of Dunnikier, January 29). He appears to have begun working on it in earnest in 1752 when gaining access to the Advocates' Library in his capacity as Keeper. The six-volume project was published in four instalments from 1754 to 1762, with the later periods of history appearing first. Hume considered extending the history beyond James II, but, as James Boswell tells us, he decided against this since "we have not yet had access to papers sufficient to let us know, with authenticity, the state of affairs; and it was disagreeable to write history which afterwards might be proved not to be true" (Boswell to William Temple, June 19, 1775). The work was exceptionally popular, especially during the 19th century when around 150 editions and reprintings of the work appeared' (James Fieser, A Bibliography of Hume's Writings and Early Responses, p. 27). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8 volumes, 8vo, engraved portrait frontispiece in Vol. 1, [viii], 481; [viii], 512; [viii], 464; [viii], 465; [viii], 536; [viii], 588; [viii], 532; [viii], 336 pp. + index, errata leaf and adverts, contemporary calf, a little rubbed and scuffed, spines with gilt floral motif in compartments, lacking three labels, occasional light spotting, a good set. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-13352350263
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