London: Printed By R.R. For Ric. Chiswell at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Churchyard, London, 1692. Second Edition. Leather_bound. NOTE: Temple's memoirs ran to three volumes with this being the only one published during his lifetime, and Temple destroyed Volume I.
 392 pages. Stated Second edition on title page. Professionally rebound in 3/4 brown leather over orange boards, octavo [12x19cm.] Four raised bands with spine titles and rules in gilt. New endpapers, text clean with even toning and light foxing to margins. Very Good. Item #76840
Temple [1628-1699] was a diplomat for the Crown, and this concerns his duties during the English wars with ths Dutch. Upon retirement, Temple turned to writing and is regarded as a fine essayist and Jonathan Swift edited his memoirs when he served as his secretary. Swift's "Battle of the Books" was written as a reply to to critics of Temple's essay "Upon Ancient and Modern Times."