How is it possible that I do not have a complete set of A Study of History?*
How is it possible that Archive dot org does not have Volume X?
How is it possible that a year and a half ago I purchased two volume of Toynbee’s classic and did not shelve them with the other Toynbee books I have?
Heh. This seems timely.
The meaning behind the facts of History towards which the poetry in the facts is leading us is a revelation of God and a hope of communion with Him; but in this quest for Beatific Vision that is visible to a Communion of Saints we are ever in danger of being diverted from our search for God to a glorification of Man; and this sin of associating the creature with the Creator precipitates the man-worshipper into a continuing fall from idolatry through disillusionment to an eventual depreciation of Man which is almost as excessive as the adulation to which it is the inevitable sequel.Arnold Toynbee, A Study of History Volume X (1954; section XIII, The Inspirations of Historians, subsection E, The Quest for a Meaning Behind the Facts of History; p. 126)
*Yeah yeah yeah. I get it. Some of you kids don’t think much of Toynbee. Too bad. I don’t care. My mission is to preserve Western Culture one
crappy old book at a time. An abridgment of this 12 volume work will not suffice.
This right here boys & girls is why the annual book dusting takes so long, and why stupid Miss-You-Only-Need-30-Books’ life must be so utterly empty.