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Author

Hume, David

Title

The History of England (in 6 volumes)

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger

Year

1869

City

Philadelphia

Edition

Scanned

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New Edition

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Description

 This 6 volume edition is  "A New Edition with the Author's Last Corrections and Improvements. To which is prefixed a short account of his life, written by himself."

On November 17, 2012 I conducted a WorldCat search for this work and found only 7 libraries in the world have a copy of 1869 Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger edition of this work.

Joseph McCabe, citing the "Dictionary of National Biography," (DNB) writes that he was "the acutest thinker in Great Britain of the eighteenth century" and "one of the most painstaking and conscientious of historians."

Other accolades include the following:

 "This work has enjoyed the rank of a classic in historical literature from the day of its completion to the present time. In point of clearness, elegance, and simplicity of style it has never been surpassed" (Adams).

First published between 1754 and 1761, Hume's History of England was "the first significant study to embrace all of English history and the first broad historical survey in English that properly rates as a work of literature. Hume was the first historian to consider such things as manners, commerce, finance, and arts and sciences at length and the first to give them, in some cases, greater importance than kings and battles" (Day).

"His literary ability made the book incomparably superior to the diluted party pamphlets or painful compilations which had hitherto passed for history. His brief remarks upon the social and economical conditions of the time were then an original addition to mere political history. The dignity and clearness of the style are admirable. The book thus became, as it long continued to be, the standard history of England, and has hardly been equaled in literary merit" (DNB).

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