Tenth edition overall, the first edition with Coote's continuation. Inscribed by William Wilberforce to his son Samuel Wilberforce. Four volumes. Contemporary speckled calf, modern title labels. Bookplate of the Wilberforce Library, Backsettown to the front endpaper of each volume. A very good set, the bindings rubbed and worn at the hinges but firm and square. The contents remain clean throughout.
Inscribed by William Wilberforce in black ink on the front pastedown of volume I "Saml Wilberforce / Jany 12th 1818 / The Gift of his dear Father / W Wilberforce / when going to Nuneham / the second time". Further inscriptions by William Wilberforce to Samuel on the pastedown of the remaining three volumes. A gift from the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce to his third child Samuel who studied briefly under the tutelage of the Rev. E. G. Marsh. Samuel went on to be become Bishop of Oxford and is perhaps best remembered for his opposition to Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the famous debate at the British Association in 1860. The bookplates in each volume would indicate that this set remained in the Wilberforce family for several generations, Backsettown being the residence of Samuel's granddaughter Octavia Wilberforce and her long term companion and woman's rights campaigner Elizabeth Robins. The two later established Backsettown as a convalescent home for overworked professional women, where in 1941 Octavia treated Virginia Woolf.
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