A BRIEF RETROSPECT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, by Samuel Miller - 1803 [2 vols]
A Brief Retrospect of the Eighteenth Century.
part first; in two volumes: Containing a Sketch of the Revolutions and Improvements in Science, Arts, and Literature During That Period
by Samuel Miller, A.M.
Presumed 1st Edition. New York: Printed by T. & J. Swords, 1803.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.
- Full leatherbound books feature beautiful new spines for an excellent library presentation.
- Leather on covers has the expected overall scuffing, shelf wear and worn corners with exposed board. Boards are gently warped.
- Spines have been replaced, retaining title block on 1st volume. Continued enjoyment of the book has left a few signs of wear, as noted under volumes. (See photos)
- Bindings are firm.
- Endpapers and feps are moderately to severely foxed, with darkened margins. Both have some light pencil on back endpapers.
- Volume 1:
- original title block on spine has some chipping along perims;
- head of spine has a light bump, with a scuff at back shoulder;
- back foot is worn thin and fragile;
- aging to back endpaper is more pronounced than others; (see photos)
- head of text block exhibits some residual gilt.
- Volume 2:
- spine has 2 thin dark lines (.5" & 2"), a 1/3" subtle scrape, and some light scuffs at shoulder ends;
- has modest owner's stamp on front pastedown, and a different owner's sig on title page;
- owner's sig on page 80 is same name as title page;
- ink single word correction to page 52;
- more regular foxing can be seen on pages 301-355.
- Interior is gently age-toned throughout with scattered foxing throughout, and a rare smudge. Few pages have slightly rolled corners.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks, except as noted above in volumes.
- Some pages at fronts and ends of books exhibit a faint damp stain across foot margin.
- Text blocks are uniformly warped, as is common with this vintage of paper.
- Edges of text block are spotted and darkened with age and some dust dust.
v1:544 and v2:510 pages. 6.5 x 8.5 inches.
Complete two volume set has been gently used through the years, remaining in respectable collectible and reading condition.
The 1700s were very significant in the development of human culture, and this book examines significant changes across many fields of study, including information about many cultures accessible to Miller. This was the time of the Scientific Revolution, Dutch East India Company, many new machines, as well as many developments of culture in general especially theater, music, visual arts and philosophy, including the Baroque movement.
Book one dives into developments in different branches of science and medicine, along with mathematics, geography, navigation, machines, fine arts, and overall quality of life and lifestyles.
Book two examines details of language, literature and education developments.
Samuel Miller (1769-1850) was a professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government at Princeton Theological Seminary. A prolific writer, most of his publications were related to religion, and yet is best known for this historical overview of a remarkable century of human development.
EDITION POINTS: Date corresponds with initial publication of this text. Presumed first edition.
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