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KIRKE, Robert.

A Sketch of the Case and Sufferings of Mr. Robert Kirke, His Majesty’s Late Consul at Algiers.

[together with;] Copies of Several Affidavits, taken as Part of Consul Kirke's Justification, in pursuance of his Grace the Duke of Richmond's Letter dated Whitehall, 28th July, 1766, Appendix, pa. 51.

Published: London: [For the Author,] 1781

Stock code: 89640

Price: £2,000

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First and only edition of the first-named, extremely uncommon COPAC lists only three copies, OCLC adds just Harvard. The second entirely unrecorded, Meticulously documented appeal for restitution for expenses incurred during Kirke’s brief, ill-starred incumbency (1764-5) as consul at Algiers, the supplement adding further to the evidence. Both with the Stratton Street library bookplate with ducal coronet of Harriot, Duchess of St. Albans to the front pastedown – formerly the “darling of the frivolous London stage”; mistress then wife of Thomas Coutts, one of the wealthiest men in Britain; Harriot became a successful businesswoman in her own right before her subsequent marriage to the ninth Duke of St. Albans. An interesting insight into the vagaries of the diplomatic life in the early modern era.

2 volumes cctavo (219 129 mm). In matching near contemporary tree calf, label renewed gilt edelweiss tools in the compartments, helical twist panel to the boards, marbled endpapers. The first somewhat rubbed, restoration on the joints and head and tail of the spine, the second front joint cracked towards the tail, but holding, text lightly toned, very good.

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