THE ROMAN HISTORY FROM THE BUILDING OF ROME TO THE RUIN OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

(London: Printed for C. and J. Rivington et al. 1823). 223 x 137 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). Six volumes.

HANDSOME PERIOD PURPLE MOROCCO ruled in blind and gilt, covers with central gilt coat of arms of Queen's College, Cambridge, with a griffin and crown perched on top, flat spine with heavily gilt compartments, gilt lettering, blind-tooled turn-ins, all edges gilt. With four folding maps. A touch of minor wear to extremities, light offsetting on the maps and facing pages, an occasional negligible blemish, but A VERY FINE SET, fresh and clean throughout, and the bindings showing almost no signs of use.

Originally published over a period of more than three decades (1738-71) and dedicated to the author's friend Alexander Pope, this account enjoyed a very high contemporaneous reputation, and it would occupy an honored place on any library shelf, especially if attractively bound like the present set. The "London Monthly Review" said, "The Roman History of this judicious and masterly writer is a most valuable accession to the stock of historical learning. The execution is equal throughout. Mr. Hooke seems to have possessed in a very eminent degree the rare talent of separating the partisan from the historian . . . and of comparing contradictory authorities with impartiality and penetration." DNB notes that the work, which is detailed without being verbose or abstruse, "long held a high place in historical literature." Apart from the content, these stately and beautifully preserved original bindings make an extremely appealing appearance.
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THE ROMAN HISTORY FROM THE BUILDING OF ROME TO THE RUIN OF THE COMMONWEALTH. HOOKE, ATHANIEL.