FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [ii], xlix, [i], 484 + frontispiece and 2 other plates, two illustrations within the text. Contemporary sprinkled calf, green morocco label to spine. Some foxing, faint dampmark to upper fore-corner near end, illustrations offset onto facing pages. Rebacked in a reddish sheep, preserving old spine, endpapers renewed, old leather rubbed and scratched. Ownership inscription of Baron Hume dated 1824 to title-page.
James Kirkton (d. 1699) completed this history several years before his death, 'apparently in reaction to Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence' (ODNB), a satirical tract which had attacked him primarily. The history circulated in manuscript throughout the eighteenth century; this is its first appearance in print. This copy belonged to the judge and legal scholar David Hume (1757-1838), nephew of the philosopher of the same name, who was appointed Baron of the Exchequer in 1822.