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    The Magnificent First English Edition of
    The History of the Knights of Malta

    [René d'Aubert d'Auboeuf] L'Abbé Vertot. The History of the Knights of Malta. London: Printed for G. Strahan [and others], 1728. First edition in English of this beautiful and comprehensive history of the ancient order of the Knights of Malta. Two folio volumes. Approximately 13.25 x 8.25 inches. [viii], 487, [1, blank], 155 (Proofs), [1, blank]; [ii], 220, 157-180 (Proofs), [3, Explanation of References of the Plan], [1, ads], 143 (Dissertation Upon Government), [1, blank], 196 (Statutes), [xxiv, Index] pages. With frontispiece and seventy engraved portraits of the knights by Laurent Cars after Delijen throughout. With four fold-out maps and one leaf of plans inserted throughout. Complete. Bound in near contemporary half burgundy morocco over marbled boards, boards triple-ruled in gilt, spines paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, six raised bands, marbled endleaves, all edges marbled. Some wear to binding, a few corners bumped, library bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume, and a simple paper "pocket" for a library card affixed to rear pastedown, neatly done with the cards laid-in. One page with neat ink marginal notes (most likely library markings), two leaves in volume II (15/16 and 17/18 with small holes near the page number, with minor loss to page number of only one leaf). Minor occasional thumbsoiling or foxing in text. Still, a near fine copy.
    This history of the Knights of Malta, commissioned by them, was the standard work on the subject for nearly two centuries.


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