The Chronology and History of the World

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by John Blair

John Blair (d. 1782) was a Church of England clergyman and chronologist best know for his numerous printings, re-printings, and editions of The Chronology and History of the World.[1]

In the early 1750s Blair issued Proposals for Printing by Subscription, the General Chronology and History of the World, a work he is said to have adapted from chronological tables originally devised by his Edinburgh classmate and distant relation, Hugh Blair. The Chronology and History of the World was published in London in early summer 1754. The book quickly became the standard work of its kind and was frequently reprinted throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.[2]

Updated editions continued to be published subsequent to Blair’s death through 1904, although "‘all that remain[ed] of Blair" in later editions was the "general outline."[3]

Bibliographic Information

Author: John Blair, (d. 1782)

Title: The Chronology and History of the World: From the Creation to the Year of Christ 1753, Illustrated in LVI tables; of Which IV are Introductory & Include the Centurys Prior to the Ist Olympiad, and Each of the Remaining LII Contain in One Expanded View, 50 Years or Half a Century.

Publication Info: London: [s.n.], 1754.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Blair's Chronology. fol. and kept by Thomas Jefferson. Later sold by Jefferson to the Library of Congress.[4] Both the Brown Bibliography[5] and George Wythe's Library[6] on LibraryThing list this title as the one intended by Jefferson's entry.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound in quarter brown leather and red bookcloth with new endpapers.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

Google Books


  1. Richard B. Sher, "Blair, John (d. 1782)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed June 6, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), ?:??? [no.134?].
  5. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.
  6. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 28, 2013,