The Methodist Review Volume 10

The Methodist Review Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...Other histories of the same period may be produced, and Finlayhas already presented a successful example, but they will heighten rather than diminish the prestige of Gibbon. Every day, and every advancement of historical inquiry, tend to consolidate the reputation of his great work, and to justify the praises which have been lavished on it. By the late Hugh S. Legare it was declared to be the only historical production of the eighteenth century which had stood the criticism of the nineteenth; and if the monuments of English literature be preserved for nineteen centuries to come, we may feel assured that at the expiration of that long period it will still retain its proud distinction as the most perfect specimen of the historic art. Under these circumstances, nfuch more is required to constitute an entirely satisfactory edition of the History of the Decline and Fall, than the loose compilation of scattered memoranda, and the multiplication of the notulae vac-iorum. 'At a later stage of our remarks, we shall examine into the merits and demerits of Gibbon, and into those excellcnces which have secured for his history this prospect of permanent vitality. At present, we shall endeavor to indicate what we consider requisite for a full and satisfactory cdition of the work. Guizot, Milrnan, the English Churchman, and Smith, all adhere, with very rare exceptions, au pied dc la lcttre. In their annotations, the particular passage of the text before them is alone considered, without regard to the general tenor of the history. They illustrate many dotached links of the chain; they seldom concern themselves with the tension, cohesion, or characteristics of the whole chain. This results, in part, from the dcsultory character of their studies, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 553g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831233
  • 9781236831231