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William YOUNG
1777. [History, Politics] ~ PRESENTATION COPY YOUNG, William The spirit of athens, being a political and philosophical investigation of the history of that republic London. Printed for J. Robson, 1777. 8vo. x, [1], 296pp. Contemporary gilt-tooled tree-calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-pieces. Lightly rubbed, some surface loss to lower board, slight splitting to joints. Armorial bookplate to FEP, ownership inscription of 'Tho. Cook' to same, recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to recto of FFEP, internally clean and crisp. Presentation copy, inscribed to head of title-page; 'Ad amicum suum J. Royds D.D. / W. Young', final two characters of 'Young' shaved. A presentation copy of the first edition of politician Sir William Young's (1749-1815) history of Athens, a work which garnered the then 28 year old a measure of fame. A revised second edition appeared in 1786, and a third and final in 1804. Young is remembered primarily for his governorship of the colony of Tobago and for his opposition to slavery - albeit his views being somewhat naive and in opposition to the campaign of abolitionist William Wilberforce, perhaps due to his inheritance of four sugar plantations and 896 African slaves. ESTC T49760. ~ About Antiquates We're based in the heart of the Dorset countryside, with an antiquarian bookshop in Wareham, housed within a beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian Building, we also travel far and wide to buy, sell and advise on rare books. We offer a wealth of antiquarian books, specialising in early and hand-press printing - but not excluding all others! Our bias is tow … [Click Below for Full Description]
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