Title:Annual Register or a View of the History, Politicks Politics and Literaturefor the Years : 1758 to 1808
Publisher:  Dodsley and others, London, 1758,
Seller ID: 22283
Annual Register . Annual Register or a View of the History, Politicks / Politics and Literature for the Year. London The Annual Register (originally subtitled "A View of the History, Politicks and Literature of the Year ... ") is a long-established reference work, written and published each year, which records and analyses the year’s major events, developments and trends throughout the world. It was first written in 1758 under the editorship of Edmund Burke. This collection contains much on the wars and revolutions of the eighteenth century, as well as chronicling development in most spheres of endeavour. "The Annual Register was created in 1758 by the publishers James and Robert Dodsley. On 24 April 1758 the Dodsley brothers signed a contract with Edmund Burke (1729–97) to write and edit the material for The Annual Register, which was conceived as an annual publication which would review the history, politics and literature of the day. Born in Ireland, Burke had trained as a lawyer before abandoning this field and turning to writing. He was an up-and-coming member of the intelligentsia and had already written several notable works, published by Dodsley. According to his contract with Dodsley, Burke was paid £100 per annum as editor of The Annual Register. In its original form, The Annual Register comprised a long historical essay on the “History of the Present War” (the Seven Years' War 1756–63), a Chronology, which gave an account of interesting and noteworthy events in Britain over the previous year, and a collection of “State Papers”, a miscellany of primary source material which included official documents, speeches,letters and accounts. In his preface to the 1758 volume Burke noted the difficulties he had faced in writing the history section of the book. Taking the “broken and unconnected materials” and creating from them “one connected narrative” had been, he commented, “a work of more labour than may at first appear”. Nevertheless, his perseverance and skill as an historian meant that by the time of its publication the first volume of The Annual Register contained a unique, contemporaneous account of the war, analysing its origins and development with a perspective not readily available at the time in newspapers or magazines. As a result the book sold widely, with the first volume going through five editions in its first 10 years. Given the conventions of the day, within which journalism was seen as a disreputable profession for a gentleman, Burke was publicly reticent about his connection with The Annual Register. However, his biographers are in agreement that Burke wrote and edited the book single-handedly until 1765 when he entered Parliament. From this time Thomas English was closely involved in writing the book and is regarded by some authorities as having taken over the editorship from Burke in that year. Scholars are divided on the question of Burke’s association with the book thereafter, although many suggest that he continued to contribute to the history section and that he played a significant role in overseeing The Annual Register’s compilation until the 1790s, even though much of the editorial work by this stage was being done by others."
See William B. Todd's A Bibliography of Edmund Burke, (2nd ed., 1982) pp.45-68, for Burke’s involvement with the Annual Register.
1. [...] for the Year 1758.Second Edition, 1761. 2. [...] for the Year 1759. Fifth Edition, 1769. 3. [...] for the Year 1760. Fourth Edition, 1767. 4. [...] for the Year 1761. Third Edition, 1772. 5. [...] for the Year 1762. Second Edition, 1766.
6. [...] for the Year 1763. Third Edition, 1768. Has four folding maps including "New Map of the British Dominions in North America" by Kitchin. The first map showing Canada and Florida as parts of the British Empire.
7. [...] for the Year 1764. First Edition, 1765. 8. [...] for the Year 1765. First Edition, 1766. 9. [...] for the Year 1766. Second Edition, 1772. 10. [...] for the Year 1767. Second Edition, 1772. 11. [...] for the Year 1768. First Edition, 1768. 12. [...] for the Year 1769. First Edition, 1770. 13. [...] for the Year 1770. First Edition, 1771. 14. [...] for the Year 1771. First Edition, 1772. 15. [...] for the Year 1772. Third Edition, 1780. 16. [...] for the Year 1773. Third Edition, 1780. 17. [...] for the Year 1774. Second Edition, 1778. 18. [...] for the Year 1775. Third Edition, 1780.
19. [...] for the Year 1776. First Edition, 1777. Importantly this volume of the Annual Register is a first edition as the American Declaration of Independence appears here on pp.261-270, said to be its earliest printing in book form. It is in a section on State Papers, headed "Reasons assigned by the Continental Congress, for the North-American Colonies and Provinces withdrawing their allegiance to the King of Great-Britain."
20. [...] for the Year 1777. Fifth Edition, 1805. 21. [...] for the Year 1778. Third Edition, 1786. 22. [...] for the Year 1779. Fourth Edition, 1802. 23. [...] for the Year 1780. First Edition, 1781. 24. [...] for the Year 1781. Third Edition, 1800. 25. [...] for the Year 1782. Third Edition, 1800. 26. [...] for the Year 1783. Second Edition, 1800. 27. [...] for the Year 1784 and 1785. Second Edition, 1800. 28. [...] for the Year 1786. First Edition, 1788. 29. [...] for the Year 1787. Second Edition, 1789. 30. [...] for the Year 1788. Second Edition,1790. 31. [...] for the Year 1789. First Edition, 1792. 32. [...] for the Year 1790. ? Edition, . 33. [...] for the Year 1791. First Edition ?, n.d. 34. [...] for the Year 1792. First Edition ?, 1799 35. [...] for the Year 1793. First Edition ?, n.d. 36. [...] for the Year 1794. Second Edition, 1806. 38. [...] for the Year 1796. First Edition, 1800. 39. [...] for the Year 1797. Second Edition, 1807. 40. [...] for the Year 1798. Second Edition, 1 806. 41. [...] for the Year 1799. First Edition, 1801. 42. [...] for the Year 1800. First Edition, 1801. 43. [...] for the Year 1801. First Edition, 1802. 44. [...] for the Year 1802. First Edition, 1803. 45. [...] for the Year 1803. First Edition, 1805. 46. [...] for the Year 1804. First Edition, 1806. 47. [...] for the Year 1805. First Edition, 1807. 48. [...] for the Year 1806. First Edition, 1808. 50. [...] for the Year 1808. First Edition, 1810.
With Index volume for 1758-1780, First Edition, 1783. All but four are leather bound, some with leather boards, some not. A few have loose boards , one is missing boards, title page and first two pages. Wear to sides of some volumes. Vols 23,31,41 - modern buckram.