Joseph Hume (1777-1855) Scottish doctor and Radical MP. One of the leading figures in British political life and an MP for over 25 years. A constant thorn in the side of any government, a wealthy entrepreneur yet a tireless worker for the well being of the labouring man.
The letter give a vivid picture of the man; determined, requiring quick action and passionately attached to the radical cause. A number of names mentioned in the text would merit further research and throw fresh light on Hume’s social circle.
Generally a clean, crisp copy internally, with a little browning and light marking to some pages. A brown mark on the back of the portrait and a narrow brown mark at the edge of the title page (approximately 3 millimetres wide and 8cm long).
Biographia Britannica: Or, The Lives Of The Most Eminent Persons Who Have Flourished In Great Britain and Ireland…
London, W. and A. Strahan for C. Bathurst etc. etc.
2nd Edition, five volumes (all printed).
Folio (37x25cm) 5 volumes: Volume 1 (1778) prelims. (but the Table of Lives for Vol. 1 bound in Volume 2) + 697 pages. Volume 2 (1780) prelims + 708 pages. Volume 3 (1784) 702 pages. Volume 4 (1789) prelims + 664 pages ( with Table etc. bound at the back, instead of with the preliminary leaves). Volume 5 (1793) prelims. + 710 pages.
The History of the University of Oxford. Volume VI Nineteenth-Century Oxford, Part 1.
Oxford, University Press, 1977
1st edition. ( 23.5 x 15 cm), xxxviii + 806 pages, illustrations reproduced from photographs. A good copy with slight signs of use: a small crease at the edge of the front endpaper, a few other pages with slight creasing. When the book is close the top edge slightly dusty and the bottom edge has a mark from contact with the shelf.