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The History of the Wars which arose out of - STEPHENS, Alexander - 1803. 
London: Richard Phillips, 1803 - 2 volumes, quarto (272 x 211 mm). Mid-nineteenth century calf, richly gilt spines, tawny and black twin labels, two-line gilt border on sides, red speckled edges. Spines lightly sunned, volume II with band of fading at top of back cover, a few slight scrapes and abrasions, scattered foxing. A very good set. 4 folding maps ("The frontiers of France, Germany, and Holland", "The seat of war in Swabia, Bavaria and Switzerland", "The northern part of Italy, with part of Switzerland, and the Tyrol", "Seat of war in Lower Egypt"). First edition, thinly represented in British and Irish institutional libraries: Copac locates only five copies (BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall, National Trust). Stephens (17571821) was a prolific biographer, whose most highly regarded work was his Memoirs of John Horne Tooke (1813), considered in the nineteenth century as "the best life of Tooke available. [and] despite his having very marked whiggish views, his biographies were considered fair and important" (ODNB). The maps are engraved by Samuel John Neele, who worked for Faden, Cary and the Ordnance Survey amongst others, and established a high reputation for engraving. A stylishly bound set, from the library of the Earls of Cawdor - with their gilt arms within a gothic roundel at the centre of each cover - probably acquired by John Campbell, first earl (1790-1860); also with a pencilled note: "From Picton Castle Library". Lowndes IX pp. 2509-10. [Attributes: First Edition]
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