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Buckle, Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas Buckle (1821-1862) was the winner of the first modern chess tournament, the Ries Divan knockout tournament of 1849.  In 1851, he defeated Lowenthal in a match.  After 1851, he spent his time writing History of Civilization in England, which he published in 1857 (volume 1) and 1861 (vilume 2).  He was a British historian who studied 19 languages (he could speak seven languages and read twelve languages).  He had a library of over 22,000 books.  He died of typhoid fever in Damascus at the age of 40.  His last words were, "My book!  I haven't finished my book."

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