Book Id: 41592 Description d'un carte d'histoire, contentant un essai sur les principales revolutions de tous les etas qui on figure dans le mode. Traduite dl'Anglas par N. N. [ With French translation of large hand-colored folding chart bound at back]. Joseph Priestley.
Description d'un carte d'histoire, contentant un essai sur les principales revolutions de tous les etas qui on figure dans le mode. Traduite dl'Anglas par N. N. [ With French translation of large hand-colored folding chart bound at back]
Description d'un carte d'histoire, contentant un essai sur les principales revolutions de tous les etas qui on figure dans le mode. Traduite dl'Anglas par N. N. [ With French translation of large hand-colored folding chart bound at back]

Description d'un carte d'histoire, contentant un essai sur les principales revolutions de tous les etas qui on figure dans le mode. Traduite dl'Anglas par N. N. [ With French translation of large hand-colored folding chart bound at back]

Publisher Information: Torino: l'Imprimerie Royale, 1784.

Priestley, Joseph (1733-1804). Description d’une carte d’histoire contenant un essai sur les principales revolutions de tous les états qui ont figuré dans le monde . . . traduit de l’anglais par N. N. 116pp. Large engraved folding chart, hand-colored. Turin: Imprimerie Royale, 1784. 193 x 125 mm. Early 19th century prize binding of mottled calf, gilt spine, title in gilt on the front cover and “Examen d’août 1813” in gilt on the back cover. Folding chart with short tear (not affecting image) and light spotting and marginal browning, but a very good to fine copy. Prize bookplate noting that this copy was awarded to “M. Vacca” in August 1813.

First Edition in French of Priestley’s Description of a New Chart of History (1770), the most influential historical timeline of the 18th century.

Although we remember Priestley today for his contributions to science, particularly his discovery of oxygen and other gases, he regarded himself primarily as an educator, one for whom the teaching and studying of history played a critical role. Priestley held the then-revolutionary belief that a knowledge of the entire world’s history was essential to the education of Britain’s future leaders, and he designed his New Chart of History to present, in his words,

"a just image of the rise, progress, extent, duration, and contemporary state of all the considerable empires that have ever existed in the world. If a person carry his eye horizontally, he sees, in a very short time, all the revolutions that have taken place in any particular country, and under whose power it is at present; and this is done with more exactness, and in much less time, than it could have been done by reading" (quoted in Sheps, p. 146).

While the arrangement of historical information in tabular form was not a new idea, Priestley was the first to arrange his chart in a horizontal rather than vertical alignment, and to emphasize the temporal relationships between various historical events. The accompanying descriptive text gives brief synopses of all the places represented on the chart, including not just the major European powers but also India, China, Korea, Japan, Ethiopia and colonial North and South America. The work was extremely popular, going through fifteen editions by 1816, and the present French translation helped to spread Priestley’s new teaching methods throughout Europe. Sheps, “Joseph Priestley’s time Charts: The use and teaching of history by rational dissent in late eighteenth-century England,” Lumen 18 (1999): 135-154.

Book Id: 41592

1750.

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