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Memoirs Of Affairs Of State

 Containing Letters, Written By Ministers employed in Foreign Negotiations, From the Year 1697, to the latter End of 1708

By Christian Cole

1733 - London - Christian Cole

14.5" by 9", 559pp.

 

 
 
 

 

DETAILS

A rare early volume containing all the diplomatic correspondence from 1697 to 1708 sent to and from the Duke of Manchester.

First edition.

Featuring a frontispiece of a license leaf giving permission to print with King's woodcut seal.

Little is known of the compiler Christian Cole except he was the assistant or Secretary to Charles Montagu, the fourth Earl and first Duke of Manchester. Montagu was a diplomatist, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he succeeded to title & estate in 1683, raised troops for King William III, and was English ambassador extraordinary in Venice, in 1697. Cole accompanied and served with the Duke of Manchester in all his European diplomatic negotiations beginning in 1699. He is listed on title page as "Some time Resident at Venice."

With a "List Of The Subscribers" which includes the royal family, many dukes, lords, and ladies.

Introduction indicates this is a book to "improve the mind of the readers rather than a common French Memoirs giving accounts of Amours and Feats of Private men and that this presents authentic Memoirs of Ministers of State, Princes, Admirals, Generals, and others who conduct Grand Affairs." Cole mentions the many letters from Paris reflecting how restless the Popish Party was in King William's reign and how diligent they were in pursuing England's destruction. Cole further states he has "printed nothing but what I know to be true, and in which the late Duke of Manchester or myself were employed; or what I have copied with my own hand, out of Original Letters, and other Authentic Papers.I have myself translated all that was wrote in Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Low-Dutch.As I give an account of the Times, in which great Revolutions and Wars happened in Moscovy, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, etc. so I have now and then gone a little out of the way by inserting some Letters, and other Papers relating to Affairs of those Countries."

Includes a letter discussing the death of the King of Prussia, references to de Fevrier, Lord Bolingbroke, Queen Anne, the Duke of Venice, and other named Venician nobility.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with marbled boards and gilt lettering to the spine. Externally, a trifle rubbed with wear to extremities. Both cords are held by the cords only, with the front board being quite delicate, with the possibility of detaching in the post. Internally, firmly bound with very bright pages. Generally clean aside from the odd spot which is heavier to the title page and frontispiece. Copperplate ink signature to the title page. Overall: GOOD ONLY with a VERY GOOD INDEED interior.


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