London: Mathews and Leigh, 1812. FIRST EDITION. Polished calf, gilt-ruled, front cover detached. Elliot bookplate. Item #11569
First edition of this well-known biography. Aikin writes that “on tracing backwards the history of English erudition, I soon came to two names which seemed to form an era . . . whose celebrity was not confined to mere authorship; but who acted important parts in the church and state at a period of extraordinary interest in English history” (Preface).