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London: Printed for Charles Bathurst ?, 1751. Second 1751 edition. 12 vols. 12mo. Ccontemporary calf, gilt spines, raised bands, red leather labels. Each volume with the armorial bookplate of EDWARD GIBBON (2nd state). From the Library of Edward Gibbon: a Set of Swift Although lacking the 13th volume, with the notable title of TRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, it has been thus since at least 1936, when it was catalogued in the Erle-Drax Library by the bookseller C. Howes. According to Keynes: "During the summer of 1935 a book sale took place at a small auction room in Ashford, Kent. The books were from Holnest Park, Dorset, the home of the Erle-Drax family, and there were twenty-five books (57 volumes) containing Gibbon's book-plate ? The book-plate in all of these is a close copy of the engraving in the Lausanne library, but is engraved on a larger piece of copper, as the plate-mark shows ? " As one of the books was Burke's LETTER TO A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (1791), "these books must have been acquired by Gibbon near the close of his life, and they may represent books bought during the final six months in England before his death. How they came to be at Holnest Park is not known ?" (THE LIBRARY OF EDWARD GIBBON, pp. 34-35).
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