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The Works of William Robertson
London - T. Cadell, 1821 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The complete historical works of William Robertson, Scottish historian. Containing The History of Scotland during the Reigns of Queen Mary, and of King James VI (Volumes I-III), The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V (Volumes IV-VI), The History of America (Volumes VII-IX), and An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India and the Progress of Trade with that Country (Volume X). The History of Scotland was a huge success because Robertson appeared to his readers to move Scotland into the mainstream of polite culture. His study of elocution and style had enabled him to craft prose that was harmonious, balanced, and, above all, correct metropolitan English. In the field of historical writing in particular no one had yet achieved such a magisterial style. Though occupied with church and university, Robertson was also engaged on his next history, the work that he hoped would enhance his European reputation. By the end of 1759 he was firmly decided upon the history of the reign of Charles V. The book's structure initially was a conventional political narrative, related in chronological order and centred on Charles's life and career. After the publication of Charles V, Robertson quickly turned to a new historical project, and on 28 May 1777 the History of America was published in two volumes, again to a very positive reception. Its success was even more marked on the continent, where it was considered Robertson's masterpiece (in Suard's translation), and went through nine editions between 1777 and 1780. Robertson's regained vigour also led him to a new historical work, and so An Historical Disquisition Concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India was published in a single volume on 4 June 1791. The Disquisition falls into two main parts: the first two-thirds is a narrative of the commercial contacts India had with the outside world from ancient times to the sixteenth century; the remainder is a long appendix describing Indian culture. The narrative portion documents, gathers, and summarizes familiar but scattered material; the appendix is broadly descriptive and more innovative, following the pattern developed in the descriptive chapters of the History of America. (DNB)With an account of Robertson's life by Dugald StewartWith frontispiece engraving of Robertson to volume I, and folding maps to Volume VII, VIII, IX and X (six folding plates in total, collated complete). A new edition, complete in ten volumes. Condition: In full calf bindings. Externally sound, though rubbed. Some wear to heads of spines. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are mainly bright, although with some scattered light foxing to the first and last few pages, and spotted in places throughout the text. Overall: VERY GOOD..
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