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RAPIN DE THOYRAS, Paul (1661--1725)
[Histoire d'Angleterre. English. 1728]
The history of England, as well ecclesiastical as civil. By Mr. de Rapin Thoyras. Vol. I (-- XV). ... Done into English from the French with large and useful notes mark'd with an *, by N. Tindal, ...
London: printed for James and John Knapton, 1728--31.
15 vols : [27] engr. ports., [12] fold. geneal. tables, [4] fold. maps ; 19.9 cm. (8º)

Title-pages printed in red and black. Rapin de Thoyras, a French protestant, was an officer in a company of French refugee volunteers in the army of William of Orange before turning to history. He had begun work on his Histoire d'Angleterre in 1714 and ten volumes were published in the Hague in 1724--27. The first volume of Nicolas Tindal's translation, the first into English, was published by the booksellers John and James Knapton in 1725; further volumes followed from 1726 and the translation was completed in 15 volumes octavo in 1731. As individual volumes continued to be reprinted (and the sheets of earlier issues used in later ones), sets may be made up of various impressions and editions. The plates comprise genealogical tables, maps, and royal portraits by George Vertue. Tindal's translation includes copious new footnotes and occasionally political criticism, which contributed in no small part to the success of Rapin's History, which remained the standard work on English history until it was superseded by David Hume. A second, folio edition in two volumes was published in 1732-3 (q.v.) and Tindal also wrote a continuation as volumes III and IV. - The Soane set is made up of the 1728 impression of volumes I, III and IV; the 1729 impression of volumes V--IX; the 1730 impressions of volumes II and X--XIII; and the 1731 impression of volumes XIV and XV. ESTC t160964 (vol. I); ESTC t220363 (vol. II); ESTC t160967 (vol. III); ESTC t160969 (vol. IV); ESTC t160971 (vol. V); ESTC t160973 (vol. VI); ESTC t160975 (vol. VII); ESTC t160977 (vol. VIII); ESTC t160978 (vol. IX); ESTC t160979 (vol. X); ESTC t160981 (vol. XI); ESTC t160982 (vol. XII); ESTC t160983 (vol. XIII); ESTC t160984 (vol. XIV); ESTC t160985 (vol. XV).

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper of vol. I 1808, and 1/17/9, and in ink on front free-endpaper of all volumes TB 566.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and black morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 680


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