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LENNOX, Charlotte.

Memoirs of Maximilian de Bethune,

Duke of Sully, Prime Minister of Henry the Great. Containing the history of the life and reign of that monarch, and his own administration under him. Translated from the French, by the Author of the Female Quixote. To which is added, The Tryal of Ravaillac for the Murder of Henry The Great. In five volumes. A new edition.

London: for A. Millar; R. and J. Dodsley; W. Shropshire, 1777 Stock Code: 134471
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The eighth edition, first published in 1755 in 3 volumes and subsequently expanded to 5, of this much republished account of one of Henry the Great's main advisers.

Charlotte Lennox (c.17301804), was a Scottish novelist and writer, best known today for her second novel The Female Quixote, or, The Adventures of Arabella (1752), an imitation and parody of Cervantes' Don Quixote. It was approved by both Henry Fielding and Samuel Richardson, and applauded by Samuel Johnson. "The Female Quixote retains its freshness and humour 250 years after its publication, and internet searches reveal a continued interest in the works of Charlotte Lennox. Her translation Memoirs of Maximilian de Bethune, Duke of Sully sold steadily: there were fifteen editions to 1856, including a Scottish 'piracy' (1773); after the abolition of the London book trade's claim to perpetual literary property, the work was shared out to the trade, and James Dodsley was obliged to decline Lennox's offer of a revised and corrected version" (ODNB).

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5 vols., octavo (206 x 124 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spines richly gilt, titles in gilt on red and green calf labels to spine, edges red.


Bookplates of Sir William Baird, 5th Baronet (d. 1771) to front pastedowns. Light wear to corners, slight scuffing, corners gently bumped; a clean, remarkably well-preserved set.


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