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Robertson Joseph William (1721 - 1793 )
Carta die Paesi sopra il Mare Meridionale da Panama a Guayquil.
Artist: Robertson Joseph William ( - 1793 ) ; date: 1777 1721 - - technic: Copper print; colorit: original colored; condition: Folded; size (in cm): 36 x 23,5 - description: Decorative map depicts the north western part of Southamerica with Colombia and Panama.Nice and decorative cartouche. - vita of the artist: William Robertson was a Scottish historian, minister in the Church of Scotland, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh.The thirty years during which presided over the University perhaps represent the highest point in its history.Robertson is more probably known for his historical writings. He one of the first members of the exclusive literary debating society, The Poker Club (1762-1784), established by Allan Ramsay which also had Hume, Smith, Kames, Home, Blair, and Carlyle as members. Robertson presented several papers to the society. He took a great interest in the development of 'proper' English and had formed a club, while at University, to study elocution in preparation for various debates. His clear literary style lead him to begin translating the Meditationsof Marcus Aurelius and he reached Book 8 before putting it aside to concentrate on the ministry. He returned to literary pursuits by writing the History of Scotland (1759). This was a work that brought him to the notice of the writers of the day, and set the standard of historical works for the next hundred years. This was followed by equally important works covering America and India; in fact he was the first to attempt a systematic world history.Robertson's modern approach to history led to one his … [Click Below for Full Description]
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