Examen or, an Enquiry Into the Credit and Veracity of a Pretended Complete History Shewing the Perverse and Wicked Design of it and the Many Falsities and Abuses of Truth Contained in it...
Printed for Fletcher Gyles Against Gray's-Inn Gate inHolborn, 1740. Quarto. Item #029204
[a-b4 ; A-Z4 ; Aa-Zz4; Aaa-Zzz4; 4A-4X2 errata on verso of 4X ]. A massive refutation of White Kennet's 'History of England'. This work is a major study of eighteenth-century historiography in the battle between the Jacobin and Tory points of view. Both Sir Lewis Namier and Sir Herbert Butterfield considered it a major contribution and in thoroughness ahead of its time. notes that pages 160-169 are continuous though the publisher has misnumbered the pages. (collation verifies completeness) A very nice clean copy without foxing bound in full calf, boards double ruled in gilt, finely rebacked to style retaining original endpapers, raised bands gilt, read leather spine label gilt, corners repaired, bottom edge of front board with wear spot, binding rubbed, small piece clipped away from upper edge of title page. [ESTC T 6413835].