The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians – Charles Rollin
Translated from the French in six volumes, Illustrated with Maps and other engravings. Published by Thomas Nelson, Edinburgh, 1813. 13th edition. First published in 1731 in French.
All six volumes are hard cover with patterned leather boards with leather spines, with original leatherwork lightly cracked and original nameplates in black with gold letters and numbers in a small circle. Title pages have a charming etching of a female angel overlooking an old male angle holding a sythe. All volumes have new cream end papers and all have received some restoration work. All spines are blackened with age and have light cracks. Conservation was by Ex Libris of Bendigo. Differences to each volume are described.
Volume 1: Restored spine in buffalo leather, rebacked, front boards have light scratches and back board cracked and lightly worn. Title place is modern. Corners are good. Interior has light damp staining on early pages and are all slightly discoloured with age. Later pages are very clear with very light foxing. Opposite title page is a fine etching of Carolus Rollin dated 1661, in an oval with university of Paris Rector and an epigram in Latin. A bi-fold map of Syria and Assyria in excellent condition also a delightful View of the City and Port of Alexandria and the Isle of Pharos, fold out.
Volume 2: Spine rebacked with original title plate, covers in very good order with light scratches on back, very nice patterned covers. Some light to slightly heavier foxing in middle pages otherwise a very clean copy.
Volume 3: Boards have a heavy mark on front and a few small dints to sides. Back cover in excellent condition. Light foxing through-out, small tear on page 203. Page 1-194 very clean text and no foxing. Bi-fold lithograph on page 40 showing a map of the fortifications of the Athenians and Syracusans.
Volume 4: Front board has long scratch and light rubbing, corners are rubbed, and rear boards have light wear. Interior pages of this volume are quiet faded. Map, bi-fold of the coast of Syria, Phoenicia and the Holy Land on page 16, lightly foxed. Title page and first few pages have small folds in top corner.
Volume 5: Light wear and bumps to corners, a nice clean copy with limited fading and foxing.
Volume 6: Front cover completely restored in buffalo hide. No attempt made to copy other covers to show that it has been restored and it is not original. Original spine, restored as the others are. A nice bright interior with light foxing and slight fading of some pages.
A rare set of volumes in this condition.
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Charles Rollin (1661-1741) was the son of a cutlery maker and at the age of twenty-two was made a master in the College of Plessis. In 1694 he was rector at the Paris University, where he revived the study of the Ancient Greek language in 1699 was appointed principal of the College of Beauvais.
Rollin was a well known Janerist, a radical Christian sect which believed in a severe form of the Catholic faith involving original sin, the necessity of divine grace and that all we do in life is pre-ordained by God. The movement originated from the posthumously published work of the Dutch theologian Cornelius Jansen, who died in 1638.)
Because of these strongly held beliefs Rollin was ostracized by his fellow academics and this lead to his academic career not achieving its full potential. Although being elected in 1719 to the rector-ship of Paris University he was disqualified and he was never elected to the Academie Francaise. He was a member of the Academie des Inscriptions. Rollin’s writing mostly occurred in the later years of his life.
He was famous for his Ancient History (Paris, 1730-38), and his less well known Roman History, which followed it. They were both re-printed and read by many generations and it can be said they encouraged the interest in the new science of Egyptology in the 1800’s. He also wrote Traité des études (Paris, 1726-31) which was the foundation of modern education practice we still use today and which made the French education system one of the most modern in the world at that time.