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Two volumes. Hardbacks, 7.5 x 5 inches. In dark speckled calf leather bindings, with raised banding to spines, maroon leather spine labels lettered in gilt. Plain endpapers. In very good conditions. Some minor handling to covers; corner bumped and slightly chipped, some small bumps and rubbing to edges, small nicks to edges of vol.1. Some chips/minor loss to spine labels. Some darkening to endpapers, bookplates to front with armorial shield designs, “David Rockfort.” Some mild staining to top corners/edges of pages in both volumes, a couple of minor handling marks. Else overall very clean and tight copies. 365 & 240pp. With decorative pictorial woodcut chapter headings, letter & tailpieces. The rare study by the abbe De Vertot who challenged the ancient Breton legends which he said were based on later historians. The ancient legends of Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable are all challenged. Modern French historians from Michelet, Thierry and Mignet have challened but never quite gotten beyond his insights into ancient Gaul and its history. These volumes printed in a small print run became scarce as early as 1816 when two rare booksellers noted they now had copies in their catalog. The 1910 Green auction had them. One of the most scarce of the early 18th century histories of Brittany. OCLC notes it was translated from the French but printed at Paris and in the same year distributed by W. Taylor a London publisher with a preface by John Henley to Sir Peter King, the Chief Justice, explaining the reason for this unique and to many a troubling book.
Title: A Critical History of the Establishment of the Bretons Among the Gauls, And of their Dependence upon the Kings of France, and Dukes of Normandy. By Monsieur the Abbot of Vertot, of the Academy Royal of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres. Done From the Original French, Printed at Paris.
Publisher: London, W. Taylor, J. Pemberton, E. Symon, W. Chetwood, J. Lacy and J. Clarke, 1722 1st edition:
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Keywords: HISTORY VERTOT, Abbot de: OZELL, Mr.: The History of the Revolutions That Happened in the Government of the Roman Republic, Written in French by the Abbot de Vertot, of the Royal Academy of Inscriptions, &c. Engish’d by Mr. Ozell, from the Original newly reprinted at Paris... To Which is Prefixed a Translation of a Memorial sent from London by the Late Earl Stanhope... . In Two Volumes, The Fifth Edition, D. Midwinter, W. Innys, R. Manby, Ward, Symon, Longman Knapton & Pemberton, 1740 5th, polished speckled calf leather, 2 engraved frontis plates and 2 engraved folding maps, roman revolution, roman history, republic,