The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to the Present Time
The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to the Present Time Containing the Most Remarkable Motions, Speeches, Resolves, Reports And Conferences to be Met With in That Interval
by Richard Chandler
|The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons|
Title page from The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to the Present Time, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Published||London: Printed for Richard Chandler|
|Volumes||14 volume set|
|Desc.||8vo (20 cm.)|
Originally printed by Richard Chandler in 1742, The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to the Present Time was thought to be an "ambitious project" which Chandler set about completing entirely on his own. The 1742 printing was the first of two which, despite being supported by the prince of Wales, suffered vast financial losses, "Chandler's greatest achievement [proved to be] his downfall." The ambitious bookseller and entrepreneur took his own life as these financial problems began to bear down on him.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as [Debates] in the H. of Commons. 13.v. 8vo. and given by Thomas Jefferson to his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. It later appeared on Randolph's 1832 estate inventory as "'Debates of Parliament' (19 vols., $20.50 value)." Both Brown's Bibliography and George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing include the first edition (1742-1744) of The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons. The Wolf Law Library purchased the same edition.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in full leather calf with original boards. Contains maroon leather label and gilt lettering on spine and purple stamp of the Royal Historical Society on the title pages and front pastedowns. Volumes one through five and nine through fourteen include the armorial bookplate of James Edward Colleton on the title page verso. Volume thirteen signed "Rich Chandler" on title page verso. Purchased from Ziern-Hanon Galleries.
View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.
- Richard Chandler, The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to the Present Time (London: Printed for Richard Chandler 1742), ii.
- House of Commons Parliamentary Pages, s.v. “18th Century,” accessed September 27, 2013.
- C. Y. Ferdinand, "Richard (b. in or before 1713, d. 1744)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed September 27, 2013.
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.
- LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013.