A View of Antient History; including the Progress of Literature and the Fine Arts.

  • Rutherford, William
  • London: Printed for the author, and sold by J. Murray 1788
  • ESTC T11415.


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. xi, [i], 450, [2, ads]; iv, 528 + a folding map frontispiece in each vol. Untrimmed in the original blue paper boards, backed in grey paper, spines lettered in manuscript. Somewhat spotted, occasional soiling. Bindings soiled and rubbed, front joint of vol. 1 worn but strong. An early note concerning the authorship in pencil to title-pages (with an additional ink note in vol. 1), inscription to front pastedown of vol. 2 ‘This returned by Mr Tytler Dec. 29 1797’.


Someone has added a note to the title-pages in pencil reading 'really written by Rev. John Logan, of South Leith'. John Logan (1747-1788) did indeed leave numerous manuscripts at his death, including 'Lectures on Roman history', but as far as the author of Logan's ODNB entry is aware, none of these were ever published, and the basis for the assertion that he wrote this work remains unknown to us. An earlier ink note in a different hand adds the information that the stated author, William Rutherford (described as 'Master of the Academy at Uxbridge' on the printed title-page) is 'now minister of Muirkirk in Ayrshire'.

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