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MILMAN, Henry Hart (1791--1868)
The history of the Jews. Three volumes. ... Second edition.
London: John Murray, 1830.
3 vols ; 15.3 cm. (8º)
I: vii, 328 p., [3] fold. maps : wd-engr. illus.
II: iv, 361, [3] p., [1] fold. map.
III: vii, 456 p., [2] fold. plans : wd-engr. illus.

Anonymous. By Henry Hart Milman, Dean of St. Paul's. Forms nos. V--VI, IX of Murray's (later Tegg's) 'Family Library'. Final leaf of vol. II advertises 'Religious Works Published By Mr. Murray, ...'. Milman, though a clergyman, treated the history of the chosen people in the light of contemporary scholarship and knowledge of Oriental and especially of Semitic peoples, and an early review of the Family Library series and the first edition of this work in Blackwood's Magazine, quoted in an advertisement leaf (q.v.) inserted at the front of another volume of the Family Library, stated 'We now come to the fifth number of this collection, the last that has been put forth - and we think the best - being the first volume of 'The History of the Jews' ... This is by far the most important subject which has yet been opened in the Family Library ...'. The work was nevertheless the subject of controversy and Milman was taken to task by such champions of orthodoxy as Richard Mant, Bishop of Down who, under the pseudonym of "One who is also an elder" in A letter to the Rev. Henry Hart Milman, ... reputed author of a History of the Jews, in the fifth, sixth, and ninth volumes of the Family Library, deprecating the republication of that work and A second letter ... controverting a statement in the appendix to the second edition of his 'History', with respect to the 'Family Bible of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, both published at Oxford in 1830, deprecated the application of modern scholarship. The work was also criticised in a sermon on II.Sam.vii.23. by Godfrey Faussett, Professor of Divinity, in Oxford, February 1830 and its further publication was inhibited. Milman's career in the Church was also thwarted for many years.

Binding Publisher's brown cloth with title printed on upper cover: 'The Family Library. No. V (VI, IX). History of the Jews. Three Vols. ... New (vol. III: Second) Edition. ... Price Five Shillings'; and list of titles on lower cover; spine with printed series title 'History of the Jews. 3 Vols. ... Family Library. No. ...'

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