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RAPIN DE THOYRAS, Paul (1661--1725)
[Histoire d'Angleterre. English. 1732]
The history of England. Written in French by Mr. Rapin de Thoyras. Translated into English with additional notes, by N. Tindal, M.A. ... The second edition. Vol. I. (- II.).
London:, printed for James, John and Paul Knapton,, 1732--33.
2 vols ; 39.4 cm. (2º)
I: [2], x, [1], iv--viii, [1], 10--849, [1] p., [4] fold. maps, [7] geneal. tables, [1] fold. chron. table : wdcut illus.
II: 807, [19] p., [1] fold. geneal. table : wdcut illus.

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. The French edition of the Histoire d'Angleterre was first published in 10 volumes in the Hague, 1724--27 (three further volumes being added in 1736), and the English translation by Nicholas Tindal was published in fifteen volumes octavo, 1725--31, with individual volumes being continuously reprinted and sets consequently made up of various impressions and editions such as the Soane set which is dated 1728--31 (q.v.). A continuation by Tindal was published in 1744--47, numbered as volumes III and IV of folio editions of the work. The second edition was published in 84 parts which have various impressions, and includes dissertations on the Salic Law, the Maid of Orleans, and on the Whigs and Tories (first published in 1717). It is illustrated by extensive genealogical and chronological tables, maps of England and France, 25 copperplate vignettes at the head of books, woodcut insets depicting coins of the realm and decorative woodcut tail pieces, 24 engraved. The Soane copy is the variant having the final page of vol. II beginning 'Now Publishing by Subscription, ... '; other copies have 'Books printed by John and Paul Knapton ...'. ESTC t140780.

Copy Notes Loosely inserted at p. 819 of vol. I is a folded quarter sheet of paper (watermark: crown and 'GR') with extensive MS. notes in ink beginning: Tho: Grey Marquis of Dorset / 714. vol. 1. / James 4th King of Scotland slain at the battle of Flodden ... and concluding: ... The Duke of Albany returned to / Scotland after 4 Years absence / being detained by Francis 1st K of Fr/=ance, & resumed the Regency. A torn fragment of paper (watermark 'CAW') loosely inserted in the index at the end of vol. II with MSS. quotation in ink in another hand: The Kings Carriages Stoped in London on Sunday. / While it was in my Power, I did my Duty, but that being taken away by a higher / Power, it is my Duty to Obey ....

Binding C18th reversed calf, blind-tooled panels, blind double-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3855

Additional Names Tindal, Nicolas (1687--1774)

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