FIRST EDITION, 4 vols., 8vo, pp. xx, 395, ; xxii (recte xxvii), [i], 399, ; xvi, 402; xii, 520 + folding hand-coloured map frontispiece in vol. 1. Contemporary mottled calf, spines divided by triple gilt rules, black morocco labels. Some light spotting in places. Joints a little rubbed, leather crackled. Library bookplate to front pastedown and their gilt stamp to head of spines.
The first edition of this important and substantial study, 'a work which was to have a powerful influence on historical thought for the succeeding half-century' (ODNB). Sharon Turner (1768-1847) was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries on the strength of the first volume alone, and won the praise of Southey, Scott, and others; he went on to write numerous other historical works though this remained by far his most important and highly respected.