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WRAXALL, Nathaniel William.

Memoirs of the Kings of France of the Race of Valois.

Interspersed with Interesting Anecdotes, to which is added, a Tour through the Western, Southern, and Interior Provinces of France. In a Series of Letters.

London, Edward and Charles Dilly, 1777 Stock Code: 139651
£650.00

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First edition. An extremely pretty set of this popular combined historical memoir and epistolary travelogue. Wraxall (17511831), who is best remembered for his scandalous Historical Memoirs of My Own Time (1815), is here similarly drawn to the "liveliness" of anecdote; "From this principle it is, that Memoirs, though less noble and august than History, are yet generally more just to nature, and interest us in a livelier degree" (p.4).

This set from the library of Charles William Vane, third marquess Londonderry (17781854), his elaborate armorial bookplates to the front pastedowns.

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Description

2 volumes octavo (208 x 130 mm). Contemporary polished calf, sprinkled red and green, red morocco labels, raised bands, gilt rules, numbered direct in the third compartment, milled edge-roll gilt.

Condition

just a little rubbed, corners bumped, tan burn to the endpapers and first few leaves front and back, pale toning else, a very good set in entirely unrestored contemporary condition.

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