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    The French Historian's Great Work on the History of England

    [Paul] Rapin de Thoyras. The History of England. London: James, John and Paul Knapton, 1732.

    Second edition. Two folio volumes. viii, 849; 807, plus sixteen-page index, errata, and publisher's ads. Translated from the original French and with additional notes by the Reverend Nicolas Tindal. Portrait frontispiece in Volume I. Title pages have engraved vignette and red and black lettering. Maps, genealogical tables, and engraved chapter headings and initials throughout.

    Full old leather, rebacked to style with six raised bands and gilt lettering and rules. Boards quite scarred and worn. Title page of Volume I has a small hole and a repaired tear at fore-edge. Pages remarkably bright with only a minimal amount of foxing throughout. Very good.

    Paul de Rapin-Thoyras (1661-1725) was a French historian who wrote under the sponsorship of English patronage. His great work, L'Histoire d'Angleterre, originally published at the Hague in 1724, was the culmination of seventeen years' work and was the only English history available in France at the time of its publication. These two volumes cover the period from ancient Britain to the interregnum following the reign of James II. Also included is de Rapin's "A Dissertation on the Whigs and Torys."


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    Fold-out maps and charts contained in these two volumes: Britannia Romana (has a small hole, and a five-inch closed tear); Britannia Saxonica; A Chronological and Synchronical Table of the Seven Kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons from Y Founding to the Dissolution of Heptarchy; A New Map of England, Scotland and Ireland; A New and Correct Map of France; and (in Volume II) A Genealogical Table of the Posterity of James I, King of England.



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