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Memoirs of the Cardinal de Retz

Containing the Particulars of his Own Life

With the Most Secret Transactions at the French Court

By Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

1723 - London - Jacob Tonson.

6.5" by 4"; [22], 443pp, [1]; 418pp, [1]; 356pp, [1]; 308pp, [44]


 

DETAILS

An English translation of Cardinal de Retz' memoirs.

Errata to the rear of all volumes.

Complete in four volumes.

Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz, was a French churchman and writer of memoirs. The memoirs go up to the year 1655 and are addressed in the form of a narrative to an unknown lady. Some believe the person being addressed is Madame de Seveigne herself. The Memoirs were first published in 1717. 

The bookplate of an individual from Heytesbury House, Wiltshire. Heytesbury House was home to the baronetcy of Heytesbury held by the A Court family. The first of which was Sir William Pierce Ashe a Court who lived from 1747-1817. 

CONDITION

In uniform calf bindings. Externally, sound with slight rubbing to the joints and to the head and tail of spines. Further patches of rubbing to the boards. Cracks to the tail of front joint to volume IV, I and III. Cracks to the head of front joint to all volumes. Front joint to volume III is starting burt firm with the hinge tender. Front hinge to volume IV is tender. Front hinge to volume I is tender. Loss to the spine labels to volume IV and I. Volume III is lacking second spine label. Loss to the head and tail of spines to all volumes. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown of all volumes, Heytesbury House. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are age toned, mostly to the edges. Spotting to the first and last few pages and the odd spot throughout. Cockling to several pages. Tidemarks to the rear of volume IV, affecting the 'Contents' section and the final fifty or so pages at the margins. Tide marks throughout volume III at the margin. Overall: GOOD.


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