The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641
by Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon
|The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England|
Title page from The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, volume two, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Author||Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon|
|Published||London: Oxford: Printed at the Theater|
|Volumes||3 volume set|
|Desc.||Folio (38 cm.)|
The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England strongly supports a monarchy founded on law, with both church and constitution as a necessary aspect of sound government. Hyde had high hopes for the reception of his book, and interspersed the history with his own autobiography. It received high praise when first published, but did not become popular, due in part to a copyright limited to Oxford, and in part to the complicated legal prose that proved too difficult for some. Years later, Hyde’s history became recognized as containing style and sophistication that was unparalleled in its time.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Clarendon’s history. 3.v. fol. and given by Thomas Jefferson to his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. Later appears on Randolph's 1832 estate inventory as "'Clarendon's History of England' (3 vols., $9.00 value)." We do not have enough information to conclusively identify which edition Wythe owned. George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing indicates this, adding "Several editions of this work in folio were published, the first at Oxford in 1707." The Brown Bibliography lists the 1707 Oxford edition, and this was the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Rebacked in sturdy brown leather with seven raised bands and title, author, etc in gilt. Purchased from Powell's Bookstores.
Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.
- Paul Seaward, "Hyde, Edward, first earl of Clarendon (1609-1674)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed October 2, 2013. All biographical information derived from this source unless otherwise noted.
- Dr. Martin Maw, The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (Jun 2013), accessed October 2, 2013.
- LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 13, 2013.
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.