THE COMPLETE SET IN 65 VOLUMES IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY SPECKLED CALF
VARIOUS ~ An Universal History, from the Earliest Account of Time. Compiled by Various Authors; and Illustrated with Maps, Cuts, Notes, Etc.. (Together With) The Modern Part of An Universal History.
London: Osborne, Richardson et al., 1747 - 1766
65 volume set, 8 inches tall. An absolutely remarkable survival. The complete work in contemporary 18th century speckled calf with all the original labels, all the plates and with out any loss or damage and thus no repair whatsoever. The uniform bindings have raised bands, twin labels and gilt pallets and centre tools. Unusually the turn ins are mottled, an obscure feature but one I don't remember seeing before. The edges are all pink speckled. From the library and with the bookplate of the Marquess of Londonderry, the Dublin born British soldier, politician and nobleman. The Universal History is complete in 21 volumes, the Modern continuation complete in 44, making a total of 65 volumes. The work contains 109 engraved plates of which 35 are folding maps, 57 are folding plans and views and 17 are portraits. All are found in the first work, with the exception of one folding diagram from the second. A vast and exceptionally fine set.