The Editions Of Jacques-Auguste De Thou’s History Of His Time

  • Samuel Kinser
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives internationales D’Histoire des Idees book series (ARCH, volume 18)


Any would-be editor of Jacques-Auguste de Thou’s major work, the History of His Time, must solve two problems if he is to give an accurate text to his readers: first, the printing history of the different editions of the History must be determined and second, the relationship of those editions to de Thou’s manuscripts must be analyzed. The second of these problems requires investigating also the traditions which assert that certain copies of the History, now in libraries both in Europe and America, contain manuscript annotations in de Thou’s hand or in those of his personal secretaries. These two problems form the subject-matter of the first part of this book.


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  1. 22.
    Journal pour le règne de Henri IV, II, ed. A. Martin (Paris, 1958 ), 291.Google Scholar
  2. 50.
    B. N., Dupuy Ms. 712, 74 r-v: “Quant est de l’édition de l’histoire de nostre grand Seigneur et amy feu Monsieur l’incomparable de Thou, je tiens tout ce que j’en sçay fort secret. Monsieur Gruterus me dit, que le Sieur Rouvier [La Rovière] luy en a parlé en passant de la foire derniere de Francfort, et qu’il n’en sçait autre chose. Je sçay bien que vous en pourriez avoir quelque incommodité, si on ne procedoit sagement.” The rest of this lengthy letter is not concerned with de Thou, and therefore I have not reproduced it in the Appendix.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    See G. Monod, “Du progrès des études historiques en France depuis le XVIème siècle,” Revue historique, I (1870), 11–14; John Brown, The Methodus of Jean Bodin (Washington, D. C., 1939), pp. 54 and 68–70; Emil Menke-Gliickert, Geschichtsschreibung der Reformation und Gegenreformation ( Leipzig, 1912 ), Chapter I, passim.Google Scholar

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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Kinser
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryNorthen Illinois UniversityUSA

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