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Collection of the History of England - Daniel, Samuel - 1621. 
Printed at London Cum Privilegio 1621 - 20th century three quarter sheep over marbled boards with contrasting spine label bearing gilt titles, spine ends and corners a little rubbed, imprimatur leaf present, title within ornate woodcut architectural border, title trimmed at outer edge to just within border, a few small marks or stains including a small burn hole to foredge margin of leaf C5 just touching a couple of letters; A4 B-T6 V3 (lacks final blank V4); STC 6249. Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) was a poet and historian whose family origins are somewhat obscure, although it is thought he was born in North Somerset. It is known that in the early 1580s he was educated at Oxford from where he left without taking a degree. His poetry appears in print from 1591 and by 1594 he was recognised as one of the foremost poets of his day. Spenser in 1595, in Colin Clout's Come Home Again, described him as surpassing everyone in sight, and Shakespeare had begun to borrow from him freely, especially for his narrative poems and sonnets. Daniel turned to writing history in prose much later in his career, although he had written epic historical poems. In 1612 he published a prose history of the Norman conquest, this work became the first part of his Collection of the History of England, the complete edition of which was published in 1618. The work is significant because of way in which Daniel broke free from the historical writing of the past, writing that had sought evidence of divine providence or to support a political orthodoxy. Daniel examined sources in detail and cited them for his reader, he studied history with a disinterested eye and reported his findings in lucid prose. He was perhaps the first modern historian and such was the success of this work that Daniel would be most widely remembered as a historian rather than as a poet. , Small folio,  222 pp [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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