LECTURES ON MODERN HISTORY FROM THE IRRUPTION OF THE NORTHERN NATIONS TO THE CLOSE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. [and] LECTURES ON HISTORY SECOND AND CONCLUDING SERIES ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.

(Cambridge: J. and J. J. Deighton; London: William Pickering, 1840-41). 220 x 137 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). Five volumes. Third Edition of the first work and FIRST EDITION of the second work.

EXCELLENT CONTEMPORARY POLISHED CALF, GILT, covers with single rule frames, raised bands, spine panels with scrolling floral design, tan and dark green morocco labels. Front pastedown with bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt and bookseller's ticket of W. H. Dalton. A FINE SET, with only the most trivial imperfections, of a collection of lectures by Whig historian Smyth (1765-1849), "a firm believer in the value of history as an education for life and for public service," who intended this work to be "a refutation of David Hume's much read, 'Tory' interpretation of English history [see item #168, above]." (DNB).
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Keywords: History

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LECTURES ON MODERN HISTORY FROM THE IRRUPTION OF THE NORTHERN NATIONS TO THE CLOSE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. [and] LECTURES ON HISTORY SECOND AND CONCLUDING SERIES ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. BINDINGS - FINELY BOUND SETS, WILLIAM SMYTH.