HISTORY OF AMERICA
HISTORY OF AMERICA
HISTORY OF AMERICA

HISTORY OF AMERICA

(London: For W. Strahan; T. Cadell; and J. Balfour, 1777).

A SUPERB SET, IN OUTSTANDING FULLY ORIGINAL CONDITION AND WITH FINE PROVENANCE. Robertson's history is considered "the first sustained attempt to describe the discovery, conquest and settlement of Spanish America since Herrera's Décadas" - David Branding Robertson's "vivid descriptions and philosophical disquisition on aboriginal society captivated the literary world, while the outbreak of the American war lent the book pertinent public interest" (DNB).
Robertson covers in detail the discovery of the Americas and the conquest of Peru and Mexico. The actions of Columbus and Cortez are especially well researched. The work remained for decades one of the principle English works on Latin America.
The Ramsay family which owned this copy of Robertson's great work descends from Sir George Ramsay, who represented Kincardineshire in the Scottish Parliament in 1617. He received a charter of the barony of Dalhousie and also of the barony of Melrose on the resignation of John Ramsay, 1st Earl of Holderness. In 1618 he was raised to the Peerage of Scotland as Lord Ramsay of Melrose. However, as he did not like the title, he obtained a letter from James VI in 1619 to change it to Lord Ramsay of Dalhousie. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Lord. who sat as a member of the Scottish Parliament for Montrose in 1617 and 1621 and served as Sheriff Principal of Edinburghshire. In 1633 he was created Lord Ramsay of Keringtoun and Earl of Dalhousie, in the County of Midlothian, in the Peerage of Scotland. His grandson, the third Earl (who succeeded his father in 1674), fought at the Battle of Bothwell Brig in 1679. The fifth Earl was a colonel in the Scots Guards and brigadier-general in the British Army and fought in the War of the Spanish Succession. The Hon. George Ramsay (died 1705), younger son of the second Earl, was a lieutenant-general in the Army and served as commander-in-chief of the forces in Scotland in 1702. The aforementioned the Hon. William Ramsay, second son of the eighth Earl, was created Baron Panmure in 1831. The aforementioned the Hon. John Ramsay (1775–1842), fourth son of the eighth Earl, was a lieutenant-general in the service of the General Staff of India. He was the father of William Ramsay (1804–1871), a major-general in the Bengal Army; James Ramsay (1808–1868), a major-general in the Bengal Army; and the Hon. Sir Henry Ramsay (1816–1893), a general in the Bengal Army, whose grandson was the politician Archibald Maule Ramsay. The Hon. Charles Ramsay, fourth son of the twelfth Earl, represented Forfar in the House of Commons from 1894 to 1895. The Hon. Sir Patrick Ramsay (1879–1962), second son of the thirteenth Earl, was a diplomat and served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Greece, Hungary and Denmark. The Hon. Sir Alexander Ramsay, third son of the thirteenth Earl, was an admiral in the Royal Navy and served as Fifth Sea Lord from 1938 to 1939.
This copy of a cornerstone work on the discovery of America and the development of the colonies there, was published at the time of the Revolution and is not only a superb copy in original state, but one with important historical and titled provenance. Item #31517

2 volumes. First Edition of this highly important history of America. A copy with fine provenance, having come from the library of the Earl of Dalhousie, titled in the Peerage of Scotland and held by the Chief of the Clan Ramsay. With the large folding plate of Aztec symbols, the Kitchin maps were produced in 1777 and were included in the second edition but not in all copies of the first edition even as some copies did have the maps bound in. 4to, in full contemporary calf, the spines with gilt ruled raised bands and red morocco labels attractively gilt trimmed and lettered, gilt volume numbers in a separate compartment. xvii, [6], 488; 535, index pp. A truly excellent set, the final page of Vol.II has the errata for both volumes, which are all uncorrected in the text; Vol. I, p 368 line 22 should read line 23, the text beautifully clear throughout. in fully original state, the bindings are preserved as they were at the time of their creation.

Price: $1,695.00