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Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon On the Times of Louis XIV and the Regency.

By Katherine Prescott Wormeley (Translator)

1899

William Heinemann : London

9" by 6"

x, 345pp; x, 330pp, x, 345pp; xiv, 396pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

A first edition copy of Wormeley's translation of the copious memoirs of Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, deemed as a 'classic' of French literature, giving a detailed and entertaining account of the last year of Louis XIV's reign and the regency per

Louis de Rouvroy, Duke of Saint-Simon was a French soldier, diplomat and memoirist who posthumously acquired great literary fame for his memoirs he made throughout his life, Indeed, often described as an 'indefatigable writer', he meticulously produced a composite narrative of court life based upon his own memory and papers, oral and written testimony from his fellow courtiers, and other sources. This edition was translated and abridged by the renowned author, editor, and translator of French language literary works Katherine Prescott Wormeley, from the edition collated from the original manuscript by M. Cherul. Wormley was one of the best known translators of her time, having translated from the French language the complete works of Balzac, and selected works by Molière, Daudet, Dumas, and many others. This set is complete in four volumes. With a 'Weft Dean Library' bookplate tipped to the front pastedown of each volume. Collated, complete with twelve plates to volume I, ten plates to volume II, ten plates to volume III, and ten plates to volume IV (with an additional folding family tree to the rear of the text).

CONDITION

In a quarter vellum paper binding with green paper over boards. Externally, slightly rubbed to extremities and head and tail of spines, resulting in small splits and slight loss. Sunning and rubbing to spines. Marking to boards, volume IV. Library bookplate tipped to front pastedowns. Internally firmly bound. Pages slightly age toned with spotting (primarily to fore edge of pages). Page uncut throughout.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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