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Memoirs of Maximilian De Bethune, Duke of Sully.

SULLY (Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de).

SULLY (Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de).

Memoirs of Maximilian De Bethune, Duke of Sully, Prime Minister to Henry the Great. Containing The History of the Life and Reign of that Monarch, And his own Administration under Him. Translated from the French, by the Author of the Female Quixote. To which is added, the Tryal of Ravaillac for the Murder of Henry the Great.

Five volumes. 8vo. [221 x 138 x 175 mm]. [3]ff, xxv, [i], 414 pp; [1]f, [v], [i], iv-vi, [iv], vii-viii, 399 pp; [1]f, 416pp; ix, [i], 473 pp; iv, vii, [i], 226, [236] pp. Contemporary binding of grey paper covered boards and sheepskin spines, divided into six panels with raised bands, lettered in the second and numbered in the third in darkened compartments with gilt fillet borders, plain endleaves, red sprinkled edges. (Hole in fifth panel of the spine on vol.4, rubbed, edges of the boards a little worn).
London: for A. Millar; R. and J. Dodsley; and W. Shropshire, 1757.

In vol.2 the binder has inserted four leaves from the preliminaries of vol.1 (in a jumbled order: c2, c1, c4, c3) and in vol.5 he has included four leaves from vol.3 (A1-A4). The binding is itself most unusual. The paper covering the boards has been cut adjacent to the spine to a scalloped or undulating pattern, to create the impression of a turned balustrade when the covers are opened. The top and bottom panels of the spine are longer than the middle four, and the second and third have darkened compartments for lettering and numbering.

ESTC notes: "A very free adaptation by Pierre Mathurin de L'Ecluse des Loges". Charlotte Lennox's translation was first published in London and Dublin in 1751 as a 12mo, then in London in 1756 as a three volume 4to and this is the first 8vo edition. The dedication to the Duke of Newcastle is signed by Lennox but it is said to have been written by Samuel Johnson (see Hazen, Samuel Johnson's Prefaces and Dedications, pp.110-116.

With the armorial bookplate Francis Eyre (1732-1804) of Warkworth, Northamptonshire and a small label printed with the number 47. The Gentleman's Magazine for 1804 described him as "A Roman catholic gentleman of Warkworth Castle in Northamptonshire" and the author of some controversial pamphlets, including A few Remarks on the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, relative chiefly to the two last chapters (1778), A Short Essay on the Christian Religion, &c (1795) and A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Ralph Churton (1795). In 1755 he married Maria Francesca Giulielma Radclyffe, the daughter of the Countess of Newburgh.

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