1783 · London
An important, classic, and much-reprinted history, here in the fourth British edition. Robertson became the principal of the University of Edinburgh in 1762 and was appointed royal historiographer of Scotland in 1764. The first eight books of his History of America, which are those presented here in three volumes, were first published in 1777 and deal with the history of the Spanish colonies. This text contains => four large engraved maps of the Gulf of Mexico and countries adjacent, South America, Panama to Guayquil, and Mexico or New Spain, all by Thomas Kitchin, the hydrographer to the king of England.
Provenance: Booklabel of Raymond Clavreuil on front pastedown of vol. I.
ESTC T78965; Sabin 71973. Brown speckled calf, two gilt leather spine labels, double rules accenting raised bands and covers framed in gilt fillets, all edges speckled red; bindings lightly rubbed and one cover with (limited) old stain to top. Marked as above, light age-toning; very small amount of pencilling on endpapers and off-setting to early/late leaves from turn-ins; a few tears in folded maps artfully repaired from back, folds strong. => A handsome, sturdy set of a classic. (Inventory #: 36140)