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The History of England

Written in French by Mr. Rapin de Thoyras

Translated into English, with Additonal Notes by N. Tindal

The Third Edition

Illustrated with Maps, Genealogical Tables, and the Heads and Monuments, of the Kings, Engraven on Seventy Seven Copper Plates (only 65 present)

Volume I - II

1743 - London - John and Paul Knapton

18" x 11", x, viii, 849pp & 807, 17pp

Volume III - IV

Illustrated with the Heads of the Kings, Queens, and Several Eminent Persons; also with Maps, Medals and other Copper Plates

1744 & 1745 - London - John and Paul Knapton

18" x 11", x, viii, 849pp + 807, 17pp + xxviii, 29-796 + 392, iv, 40pp

 

DETAILS

Four leatherbound volumes with marble paper covered boards and gilt titles to the spines.

Volume I has an engraved frontispiece, 3 fold-out maps, 4 foldout plates, and 49 other plates.

Volume II has an engraved frontispiece and 12 plates.

Volume III has an engraved frontispiece, 2 foldout maps, 1 foldout plate and 6 other plates.

Volume IV has an engraved frontispiece, 1 other plate, 5 foldout maps and plans, and all 22 plates of medals.

Paul de Rapin (March 25, 1661 - 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage.

The son of Jacques de Rapin, an avocat at Castres (Tarn), he was educated at the Protestant academy of Saumur, and in 1679 became an advocate, but soon afterwards joined the army. The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and the death of his father led him to come to England; but, unable to find work there, he went on to the Netherlands where he enlisted in a company of French volunteers at Utrecht, commanded by his cousin, Daniel de Rapin.

He accompanied William III to England in 1688, and during the Williamite war in Ireland he took part in the siege of Carrickfergus and the Battle of the Boyne, and was wounded at the Siege of Limerick (1690). Soon afterwards he was promoted to captain; but in 1693 he resigned in order to become tutor to the Earl of Portland's son. After travelling with the boy, he settled with his family (he married Marie-Anne Testart in 1699) in Holland, first at the Hague, then, to save money, at Wesel, in 1707.

It was at Wesel that he began his great work, L'Histoire d'Angleterre. Volume I contained, in five books, an account of Britain from the time of the Ancient British down to the Norman Conquest, and made an unsually thorough attempt for its time to rally the various principal sources. Volume II (Books VI-VIII) Covered from William the Conqueror to Henry III; Volume III (IX, X and XI), Edward I to Henry V; Volume IV (XII to XIV), Henry VI to Henry VII; Volume V (XV), Henry VIII; Volume VI (XVI & XVII), Edward VI to Elizabeth, and Vol VII (XVIII), James I and Charles I. It was printed at the Hague in 1724, with illustrations and allegorical endpieces designed and engraved by F.M. La Cave, and with a dedicatory epistle to King George I. The written style is lucid and effective. Although written in French this work was produced for the endorsement of the British monarchy, and at the time of its publication, for the House of Hanover. The original version was almost the only English History available in France in the first half of the eighteenth century.

All volumes of his work were translated in the early 18th century by the Rev Nicolas Tindal. Tindal, the nephew and heir of Dr Matthew Tindal, the eminent deist, in a total of 14 volumes. Tindal began this great task as a chaplain to the Royal Navy, as attested in his Forward to an early volume. He added large numbers of informative notes throughout the volumes, which were illustrated with engravings, maps and genealogical tables of great quality.

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm although the outer hinges are starting to crack. There is some wear to the extremities including heavy rubbing to the boards with loss to the paper at the edges, and some cracking to the leather on the spines. The pages are rough cut. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark, odd spot, mild water stain and some pencil and ink annotations. There are repairs to a few of the edges of the pages, mainly in Volume I, including the title page of Volume I. There are two pages with large closed tears to the middle: p 671/2 in Volume II, and p 513/4 in Volume III. Page 11/12 in Volume IV is detached and present. The volumes are missing some plates, although there is no pagination on the ESTC to properly compare this. All the medals plates of Volume IV are present as these are numbered and described in the accompanying text. Overall the volumes are in good only condition.

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