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Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Honourable Henry Home of Kames,
Edinburgh - William Creech, T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1807 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of Tytler's biography of Lord Kames, limited to 750 copies and bound with the rare supplements from 1809 to both volumes. Complete in two volumes. Rare with the supplements, in need of rebacking but likely a 700 set when done. Containing sketches of the progress of literature and general improvement in Scotland during the greater part of the Eighteenth Century. Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (15 October 1747 - 5 January 1813) was a Scottish lawyer, writer, and professor. Tytler was also a historian, and for some years was Professor of Universal History, and Greek and Roman Antiquities, in the University of Edinburgh. Lord Kames become something of a mentor to Tytler, encouraging his work and suggesting he write a supplementary volume to Kames' Dictionary of Decisions. He worked unceasingly on this for five years, the eventual work being published in 1778. Tytler's memoirs of Kames were the result of four years' work and were published in 1807, 25 years after the death of its subject. They provide a fascinating insight into Scotland at that time, and contain many unique descriptions of characters of importance who may have otherwise been forgotten. With attractive bookplate to front pastedown of both volumes, of St Augustine's Abbey Library, Ramsgate. Engraved frontispiece to volume I of a portrait of Kames. With two facsimile plates of the handwriting of Lord Kames to volume II. Condition: In a calf binding. Externally, rather worn. Both boards of volume I are detached. Boards of volume II are starting. Backstrips of both spines are lifting with loss to leather. Internally, firmly bound. Institutional label to both front pastedowns. Spotting and the odd handling mark to first and last few pages of both volumes, otherwise bright and clean. Overall: FAIR with a very good interior.
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