Dodsley, The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature…
Dodsley, The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature
Dodsley, J. / Burke, Edmund (Editors). Washington, George / Jefferson, Thomas / Founding Fathers et al. The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1774, 1776, 1778 – 1781, 1783 and 1787. [A Crucial Primary Source for the American Revolution / Early Printing of the Declaration of Independance / American Civil War / 1787 Constitution of the United States of America etc.]. 1774 & 1776 Fourth Editions. All others: First Editions. Eight Volumes. London, Printed for J. Dodsley, 1789, 1788, 1779, 1780, 1780, 1782, 1785 & 1789. 21 x 12.5 cm. 1774: (2), 280, 245, (10) / 1776: IV, 270, 259, (9) / 1778: IV, 334, 245, (11) / 1779: vii, 442, 193, (10) / 1780: vii, 404, 251, (12) / 1781: (2), 339, 207, (12) / 1787: II, 320, 202, (14). Uniform contemporary tree calf. Gilt decorations to spine. Dentelles. Generally very good condition. Bindings seriously rubbed and bumped. Edges and end papers age darkened and dust dulled. Spine labels missing. Some joints started to crack. Some material losses to heads of spines and corners (see images). The 1779 volume has a split spine. Bindings remain sound. Internally mildly age darkened / dust dulled, occasionally foxed, otherwise clean. The 1781 volumes shows some damp and bookworm damage for the last 20 pages or so, not affecting readability. No annotations, library stamps etc. Eight clean copies. Excellent reading copies or candidates for rebinding.
The Annual Register was created in 1758 by the publishers James and Robert Dodsley. On 24 April 1758 the Dodsley brothers signed a contract with Edmund Burke (1729-97) to write and edit the material for The Annual Register, which was conceived as an annual publication which would review the history, politics and literature of the day. Born in Ireland, Burke had trained as a lawyer before abandoning this field and turning to writing.
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