A History of the Early Part of the Reign of James the Second; with an Introductory Chapter... To Which is Added an Appendix.
Fox, Right Hon. Charles James

London: Printed for William Miller, Albemarle Street; By W. Bulmer and Co., 1808. F xl + 293 + cli pages of the Appendix; with a frontispiece portrait of Charles James Fox; this the large wide-margined "Royal Paper" edition measuring approx. 9 3/4" x 11 1/2"; Charles James Fox (1749-1806) British statesman, Oxford-educated, , became Lord of the admiralty under North, joined Johnson's 'club', opposed North's American policy, supporting the repeal of the tea duty, wounded in a duel with William Adam, took a leading part in debates on economic reform, appointed foreign secretary, , introduced measure to reform government of India, famously, his name erased from the privy council for giving the toast "Our sovereign, the people," interviewed Buonaparte, 1802, favored Catholic emancipation and moved the abolition of the slave trade a few days before his death. (DNB); perhaps most interestingly for provenance research, an anonymous previous owner has extensively remarked on the text in the margins in pencil in a contemporary hand, commenting on whether they believed the texts' contentions or not and with sometimes exclamatory or questioning reaction, interesting commentary; bound in the original heavy diced-leather-covered boards, with a gilt-rule surrounding a blindstamp roll around the cover, with an innter gilt-rule outlined panel, small gilt ornaments; marbled endpapers; inner edge gilt roll-tool; spine leather top compartment gone; top board detached, frontispiece with some spotting, occasional foxing in text; block of printing still solidly sewn; good candidate for a rebinding, or a good reference copy. Good (Item ID: 18628)


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