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MASSON, Charles François Philibert.

Secret memoirs of the Court of Petersburg: Particularly Towards the End of the Reign of Catharine II. and the Commencement of that of Paul I.

Forming a Description of the Manners of Petersburg at the Close of the Eighteenth Century; and Containing Various Anecdotes, Collected During a Residence of Ten Years in that Capital. Together with Remarks on the Education of the Grand-Dukes, the Manners of the Ladies, and the Religion of the People. Translated from the French. In two volumes.

London: Printed by C. Whittingham, for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800 Stock Code: 131422
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First edition in English, following publication in French the same year. Masson (1762-1807) had been a French member of the Russian court, and to their displeasure revealed many of their salacious secrets in the present work. This present English translation has some of the more sordid anecdotes removed, "the grossness of which would undoubtedly outrage the public and private feelings of Englishmen" (advertisement). With the bookplate of William Lewis Hughes, 1st Baron Dinorben (1767-1852), British copper mine owner, philanthropist and Whig politician.

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2 volumes, octavo (206 x 131 mm). Contemporary quarter calf by J. Seacome of Chester, smooth spines lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled side and endpapers.


Very light wear to spines and extremities. A very good copy.


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