Heads of Ancient History, from the Deluge to the Partition of Alexander’s Empire.

  • [Gurney, Hudson]
  • London: Printed by B. Howlett 1814


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SOLE EDITION, 18mo, pp. [ii], 33, [1]. Contemporary straight-grained black roan, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, spine lettered vertically in gilt, pink endpapers, edges gilt. Rubbed, a few small scratches. Bookplate of Walter Flinn to pastedown, earlier gift inscription ‘Mandeville from E. Montagu’ to flyleaf, two errors corrected in manuscript.


A scarce verse chronicle covering in its short length the 24th century to c. 315 BCE, with the dates of events and people helpfully indicated intralinearly in the text. The author, Hudson Gurney (1775-1864), owned a notable library and several of his verse publications had a historical bent. Firstsearch and Library Hub locate half a dozen copies in the UK (BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, East Anglia) and four in the USA (NYPL, SUNY, Cal State, and Missouri).

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