1783-1787 · London
Freakishly fine late 18th-century English tree-calf.
Atterbury (1663-1732) was royal chaplain to William and Mary and later to Queen Anne. When George I took power Atterbury refused to take the oath of fidelity and was ultimately banished from England. This collection of his correspondences, many with prominent political and religious contemporaries, provides critical insight into the history of the period.
The present set comes from the library of William Downes (1752-1826), Chief-Justice of the King's Bench in Ireland for 20 years, and one of the leading Irish judges of his time. Many of the books from his collection survive in exceptional state, as here. Our copy features Downes' paper library shelf-mark on vol. 1: within a circle, a letter "B" (for the bookcase) above "4" (shelf number) followed by "4 vols." We have observed this same label on Downes' copy of Caspar Neumann's "Chemical Works abridged and methodized" (London, 1759), now with Messrs. Nigel Phillips. (Inventory #: 1677)