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    The Profusely Illustrated 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 13.5 x 8.25 inches. [viii], 487, [1, blank], 155 (Proofs), [1, blank]; [ii], 220, [3, Explanation of References of the Plan], [1, ads], 157-180 (Proofs), 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 contemporary full calf, boards double-ruled in gilt, spine with burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Binding heavily worn, rear board of volume I detached, the other boards nearly detached, spine lacking all but one label, text a bit foxed with occasional soiling, lower edge of text blocks a bit abraided occasionally making pages "stick" together, bookplates. A fair set.
    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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