Glasgow: Published by Blackie Fullarton & Co., and Archibald Fullarton & Co., Edinburgh. 1827 - 1829. 1st edition thus (BMC CE Vol 4, p 475). 6 volumes (civ, 447; , 630; , 572; , 644 [including Index]; , 704, 22; x, 648 pp). Vols V & VI with imprint of Thomas Ireland, Jr. [V: 1827; VI: 1829]. Illustrated with frontis in each volume & a hand-colored folding copperplate map of Scotland in Volume I. 8vo, in 4s. Period tan half-calf with marbled boards. Dark brown morocco spine labels. Red speckled edges. Each volume with the contemporaneous ownership signature of one "Thomas Inglis, Gardener / Barriston 1828". Spines darkened a bit. Usual foxing to paper. Vol I front joint starting at top. An overall VG, entirely original 6-volume set & quite uncommon thus. Item #27856
Buchanan’s greatest literary achievement of his later years was his Rerum Scoticarum Historia, initially published in 1582, in which he related the history of Scotland from its origin till the death of the regent Lennox in 1571. .... the underlying object of the book is the inculcation of those principles of political and religious liberty of which Buchanan had been the consistent champion throughout his career. By the leading scholars of Europe it was adjudged to be a work of transcendent merit, and even in the eighteenth century it was seriously debated whether Caesar, Livy, or Sallust had been his model. In this History, which for fully two centuries kept its place as a standard authority, Buchanan had appealed both to scholars and protestant theologians... [Cambridge History of English & American Literature].
While the work was extremely popular, and remained in print almost continuously well into the 19th C., this was one of the more ambitious editions, extending the History until the 'present' day.