FIRST EDITIONS, 2 vols. bound as 1, 4to, pp. [viii], 401, ; [vi], 397, . Contemporary tree calf, boards bordered with a gilt roll, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, green morocco label, edges red. Some light spotting and soiling, one leaf with a paper flaw to top margin with no loss of printed material, final leaf of vol. 1 mounted. Extremities rubbed, joints just cracking but sound, one label lost.
Dalrymple's 'reputation as a historian is based on his Annals of Scotland, published in two volumes in 1776 and 1779... 150 copies were sold in the first fortnight of publication, and although Murray felt that the prospect of a second volume had held some people back (and the price had made others hesitate) sales were good. The Annals was also received with approval by Samuel Johnson, to whom the work had been submitted for his literary opinion... It remains [his] greatest work, modelled on the written court pleadings of which he had composed so many, and marks the point at which almost for the first time Scottish history was studied in a scientific manner. He was pressed by Hugh Blair and others to continue beyond 1370, but refused to do so, perhaps for fear of arousing controversy' (ODNB).
ESTC T82751, T141222.