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Mercurio Britannico, ou noticias historicas - PAN, J[acques] Mallet du - 1800. 
London [?], , 1798-1800. - 21 nonsequential issues (of 32). 4Â°, first issue stitched; others contemporary bindings of red or silver silk (minor wear and stains, except final issue, where spine is defective), with marbled or patterned endleaves in various colors. First issue uncut, with some spotting and soiling on first and final leaves; one issue with moldstains, another with marginal worming, no loss of text. Other issues internally fine. Overall in very good condition. *** First and Only Edition in Portuguese of the semi-monthly newspaper Mercure Britannique, with irregular cumulations; an incomplete run (first issue Aug./Sept. 1798, latest 20 January 1800) consisting of the following issues:Volume I, nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (moldstained, without loss of text), 7, 8Volume II, nos. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13Volume III, nos. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 (marginal worming, not affecting text)Volume IV: nos. 25, 26, 27, 32Publication of Mercure Britannique, Mallet du Pan's work on Swiss independence and European political affairs during the Napoleonic Expansion, began in 1798 and ended after 36 issues. Originally published in French, it was soon translated to English, Italian, German, and Portuguese. Nos. 1-3 include a historical study on the destruction of the Swiss Confederation and its replacement by the Helvetic Republic. Subsequent numbers analyze current events in Europe country by country; Great Britain is always last in this sequence, and always praised. Volume V of the complete run in French concluded with an appeal for funds to aid the Swiss in fighting for independence, and included an account of the funeral of Mallet du Pan, who died on May 10, 1800. The London imprint on this set may be false. Jacques Mallet du Pan (1749-1800), a pioneer of political journalism, was born and educated at Geneva. In 1771, he published a pamphlet (Compte rendu de la dĂ©fense des citoyens bourgeois) that was deemed inflammatory by the government and burned in the main square. By 1778 he was in London, publishing Annales politiques (1778-1783) with H.S.N. Linguet. In 1783 he began his own periodical, MĂ©moires historiques, soon merged with Mercure de France, published in Paris under his direction.When the French Revolution broke out, Mallet du Pan was dispatched to Germany, Switzerland, and Brussels to plead the Royalist cause. After a violent attack on Napoleon and the Directory he was exiled to Berne in 1797. From there he traveled to London, where in 1798 he founded Mercure Britannique.*** ESTC P498254. Not located in InnocĂȘncio. Not in NCBEL, Ward or Crane & Kaye. The "Mercurio Britannico" listed in Crane & Kaye 455 is the Italian translation. Porbase locates numbers 1-30 (1798-1800) at Biblioteca PĂșblica Municipal Porto (4 copies), Biblioteca Central da Marinha, and Coimbra-Biblioteca Geral; numbers 1-32 (1798-1800) at Biblioteca Central da Marinha and Biblioteca Municipal de Elvas. Copac locates a complete run at British Library. [Attributes: First Edition]
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