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THE HISTORY OF AMERICA. Bound with the scarce - ROBERTSON, William - 1778. 
London, Strahan & Cadell, 1778.. SECOND EDITION 1778, 2 VOLUMES, BOUND WITH THE SCARCE 1788 ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS TO THE FORMER EDITIONS WHICH WERE PUBLISHED SEPARATELY. 4to, approximately 275 x 215 mm, 11 x 8Â½ inches, 4 folding maps by Thomas Kitchen and 1 folding plate of Peruvian symbols, pages: Volume 1, xvii, which includes half-title and title page, (6), 1-492; Volume 2, half-title and title page, 1-535 which includes A catalogue of Spanish books and Manuscripts, plus 19 unnumbered pages of index and a blank, then follows the scarce Additions and Corrections to the Former editions, title page dated 1788, 1-26 pages. Bound in full 18th century mottled calf, maroon and green gilt lettered labels and gilt decoration between raised bands to spine, "CHILTON" in gilt to both upper covers, marbled endpapers and edges, 2 interesting bookplates, see details below. Spines and corners professionally repaired at sometime, spines rubbed, closed tear neatly repaired to 1 margin, not affecting text, maps and plate have some pale foxing, 1 small ink mark and a little age-browning and pale foxing in places but overall a very clean tight sturdy set. The maps are South America; Gulf of Mexico; Mexico and New Spain also showing California, plus Countries of the South Seas. John Pearse whose bookplate is on the back of the first free endpaper was the owner of Chilton Park, hence the gilt lettering to covers, he was said to have made a fortune from gun cotton during the Napoleonic Wars. Athelstan Riley, Seigneur De La Trinite whose large bookplate is on the first pastedown was an English Hymn writer and translator who in later life purchased Trinity Manor thereby acquiring the feudal title of Seigneur de la Trinite. Articles can be found on Google about these two owners of this set. See Sabin, Dictionary of Books Relating to the History of America, No. 71973 and the Additions and Corrections, No. 71989. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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