Title: The Outline of History
Author: HG Wells, JF Horrabin (illus)
Publisher: MacMillan & Co, 1921
Condition: Hardcover, full leather, well-bound and in good condition. Bits of leather missing from top of the spine, but a handsome volume nonetheless. Very heavy, very thick. A scarce early edition.
The Outline of History, subtitled either “The Whole Story of Man” or “Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind”, is a work by H. G. Wells that first appeared in an illustrated version of 24 fortnightly installments beginning on November 22, 1919 and was published as a single volume in 1920. It sold more than two million copies, was translated into many languages, had a considerable impact on the teaching of history in institutions of higher education, and made Wells a very wealthy man.
The third revised and rearranged edition is organized in chapters whose subjects, grosso modo, are as follows: Ch. 1-2: The origins of the Earth; Ch. 3-6: Natural selection and the evolution of life; Ch. 7: Human origins; Ch. 8: Neanderthals and the early Paleolithic Age; Ch. 9: The later Paleolithic Age; Ch. 10: The Neolithic Age; Ch. 11: Early (prelinguistic) thought; Ch. 12: Races; Ch. 13: Languages; Ch. 14: The first civilizations; Ch. 15: Sea voyages and trading; Ch. 16: Writing; Ch. 17: Organized religion; Ch. 18: Social classes; Ch. 19: The Hebrews; Ch. 20: Aryan-speaking (or Indo-European-speaking) peoples; Ch. 21-23: The Greeks; Ch. 24: Alexandria; Ch. 25: Buddhism; Ch. 26-28: Rome; Ch. 29: Christianity; Ch. 30: Asia (50 BC-AD 650); Ch. 31: Islam; Ch. 32: The Crusades; Ch. 33: The Mongols; Ch. 34: The “renascence” of Western Civilization; Ch. 35: Political developments, esp. the great power concept; Ch. 36: The American and French revolutions; Ch. 37: Napoleon; Ch. 38: The nineteenth century; Ch. 39: The Great War; Ch. 40: The next stage of history.