The last Famous Siege of the City of Rochel: together with the Edict of Nantes.
Written by Peter Meruault, a Citizen of Rochel, who was in the City from the beginning of the Siege until the Rendition of it.
Second English edition, one year after the first, an account first published in French in 1648. An uncommon and important narrative of the great siege of 1627-8, described by Kevin Robbins as “one of the best sources about daily events in the surrounded city” (City on the Ocean Sea … p223n). Also prints a translation of the full text of the Edict of Nantes as an appendix. Mervault was 20 at the time of the events that he records “and having been bred to commerce, wanted the advantage and ornament of Scholarship; yet nevertheless my curiosity prompting me, I made it my business to take notice of what then passed, and my Father being a Member of the Common Council, and as Master of the Artillery exercised the second Charge or Office in the City, I learned from him divers Particulars, which I carefully committed to writing” (author’s preface). Robbins considers Mervault to be a “scrupulous antiquarian”. Crested bookplate of A[lfred] J. Cipriaut to the front pastedown. f
Octavo (159 97 mm). Nineteenth-century tree calf, red morocco label, floral devices to the compartments, gilt panel to the boards, matching roll to the turn-ins, edges and endpapers marbled. A little rubbed, joints just started, slightly browned, some cropping of the shoulder-notes, a very good copy.
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