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[French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique, [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
[French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
[SEXBY, Edward; Jacques Carpentier de Marigny; Silius Titus; writing as:] ALLEN, William (pseud.)

[French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique...

composé par William Allen, anglois, et traduit nouvellement en français, où il est prouvé par exemple de Moyse, & par d'autres, tirés hors de l'écriture, que tuer un tyran n'est pas un meurtre.

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Published: Lyon 1658 [but Paris: 1792]

Stock Code: 114708

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition in French of this apology for tyrannicide, originally advocating the assassination of Oliver Cromwell and here used to justify in advance the execution of Louis XVI. The text was first published as a clandestine pamphlet in 1657 under the title Killing No Murder.
From the library of French historian and member of the Académie française, Henry Houssaye (1848-1911), with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Houssaye wrote extensively on Greek antiquity and is best known for his monumental biography of Napoleon.

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Duodecimo (114 x 70 mm). Contemporary marbled green morocco (attributed to Paris binder Bradel-Jérôme in an inscription on the front free endpaper), red morocco label, smooth spine tooled in gilt, triple gilt rule to boards with fleuron cornerpieces, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, pink endpapers. Woodcut headpiece and historiated capital.


Early bibliographical inscriptions to front free endpaper verso and first binder's blank. Extremities lightly worn, mild tanning to outer edges of pastedowns, occasional light spotting. A very copy of this scarce work.


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