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Mémoires d'un Protestant, condamné aux - Jean MARTEILHE - 1757. 
Chez J. D. Beman & Fils. first edition published anonymously, all names are replaced by the initial order not to compromise the protagonists. Title page in red and black.Contemporary binding in full sheepskin fawn, back with five nerves decorated with jewels, golden threads and wheels, as red morocco label, red sprinkled edges all. joints of the split upper plate, the lower flat of the head slightly cracked head, some scuffs.Not supporting more consecutive persecutions at the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Jean Marteilhe (1684-1777) young Huguenot Bergerac then sixteen years decided, accompanied by a friend, to clandestinely cross France to reach Holland paper. Arrested at Marienburg, they were both sentenced by the Parliament of Tournai the galleys. It was in Holland paper that he wrote his memoirs in which he recounts the circumstances of his escape and his capture, his judgment, his stay in a galley to port of Dunkirk and the difficult living conditions of convict. This narrative is interspersed with digression narrating the adventures and misfortunes of his brothers convicts. The book ends with an important section entitled "Description of an armed galley and construction" and a list of Protestant galley slaves in 1755.Rare and interesting testimony on the difficult living conditions of Protestants condemned to the galleys as a result of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Chez J. D. Beman & Fils à Rotterdam 1757 in-12 (9x15cm) (2) IV (1f. bl.) 532pp. relié
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