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Introduction to the Literature of Europe, in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries

In Four Volumes

By Henry Hallam

1839-40 - London - John Murray

8.5" by 5"; (xxxv) 659pp; (xvi) 511pp; (xx) 687pp; (xix) 661pp.

 

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A set of Hallam's Introduction to the Literature of Europe, in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries.

Complete in four volumes.

By Henry Hallam, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in the French Institute.

Henry Hallam (9 July 1777 21 January 1859) was an English historian.

Hallam's earliest literary work was undertaken in connection with the Whig periodical, the Edinburgh Review, where his review of Walter Scott's Dryden attracted attention. His first major work, The View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, was produced in 1818, and was followed nine years later by the Constitutional History of England. In 18381839 appeared the Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries. A volume of supplemental notes to his Middle Ages was published in 1843; these facts and dates represent nearly all of Hallam's career.

The Introduction to the Literature of Europe continues a topic broached in the View of the Middle Ages. In the first chapter Hallam sketches the state of literature in Europe down to the end of the 14th century: the extinction of ancient learning which followed the fall of the Roman empire and the rise of Christianity; the preservation of the Latin language in the services of the church; and the revival of letters after the 7th century.

For the first century and a half of his period he is mainly occupied with a review of classical learning, taking short decennial periods and noticing works which they produced. For the period 15201550 there are separate chapters on ancient literature, theology, science, speculative philosophy and jurisprudence, the literature of taste and other miscellaneous literature; and the subdivisions of subjects is carried further in later periods. Thus poetry, the drama and polite literature form the subjects of separate chapters. An author may be mentioned in many chapters: Shakespeare, Grotius, Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes appear in half a dozen different places.

CONDITION

In full calf leather bindings. Externally, a trifle rubbed. Some labels to the spines are missing or chipped. There is some bumping to the tops and tails of the spines. Some joints are cracking. Internally, generally firmly bound, though some hinges are tender. Pages are generally bright and clean. There is a bookseller's label to the front pastedown in volume I and an ink inscription to the recto of front free end papers. Overall: GOOD.

 


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