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The Original Works of William King, LL.D. Advocate of Doctors Commons; Judge of the High Court of Admiralty and Keeper of the Records in Ireland, and Vicar General to the Lord Primate. Now first collected into three volumes: with historical notes, and memoirs of the author.
Printed for the Editor; and sold by N. Conant, successor to Mr Whiston, in Fleet-Street. 1776 xxxii, 282pp; [4], 308pp; [4], 315, [1]p, half titles, engraved vignette portrait to each titlepage, one full-page woodcut. 8vo. One v. sl. marginal tear to T1 vol. II, some offset browning on endpapers. A fine clean set bound in full contemporary sprinkled calf, smooth spines, gilt bands, red morocco title labels, dark green oval vol. labels set within gilt wreaths. From the Library of Invercauld Castle, Braemar.ESTC T149862. Born in London, the son of Ezekiel King, he was related to the family of Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. From Westminster School, where he was a scholar under Richard Busby, at the age of eighteen he was elected to Christ Church, Oxford in 1681. There he is said to have dedicated himself completely to his studies. Reportedly after eight years he had read over 22,000 books and manuscripts. He died in 1712, but it was to be over 60 years before his collected works were published. The editor notes that 'from the scattered manner, however, in which they have been hitherto published, but few of his admirers have been able to obtain a complete copy. That inconvenience is here remedied; and some pieces are preserved, which, though they add greatly to our Author's reputation, were in danger of being lost to the world'.
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