The History of the Life of King Henry the Second.
London: Sandby and Dodsley, 1767. 3 volumes, 11 1/4 inches tall. A very impressive 18th century continental (?) tree calf with gilt raised bands, bright twin labels and gilt tooling around a floral centre tool to the panels. Pink edges. With striking blue patterned end papers. There is some rubbing and superficial small patches of leather lost to a long defunct insect. The final 2 books were published in 1771 (see our other set). Here Volume I contains a prefix, being 'The History of the Revolutions of England from the Death of Edward the Confessor to the Birth of Henry II', Book I with its appendix. Volume II contains Books I and II. Volume III contains The notes and appendices to Books II and III. In other words all published up to 1767. Lord George Lyttleton was an English statesman, author and landscape gardener. He was a friend and supporter of Alexander Pope in the 1730s and of Henry Fielding in the 1750s; the latter dedicated his greatest novel 'Tom Jones' to Lyttelton.