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The Knowledge of the World, and the attainments useful in the conduct of life. Translated from the French of Monsieur Callieres .
Printed for the translator; and sold by R. Baldwin, &c. [1770?] - xviii, 179, [1]pp, half title. 12mo. Prelims misbound, corners creased, tear to H4 affecting 4 words. Lacking following f.e.p. Uncut in contemp. quarter calf, marbled boards; leading hinge a little worn. Elaborate signature of Maurice Wynne on leading f.e.p. A nice unsophisticated copy. ESTC T112796, BL & National Library of Wales only in UK; Boston Public Library only in North America. A translation of De la science du monde et des connaissances utiles à la conduite de la vie published in 1717 as a companion piece to Callière?s influential treatise on diplomacy De la manière de négocier avec les souverains, 1716. Although his 1716 work was translated into English and published in the same year, this is the earliest English edition recorded on ESTC. François de Callières, 1645-1717, was a French diplomat, author and special envoy to Louis XIV; he was one of three French signatories to the Peace of Ryswick in 1697. His work was well received in the English speaking world with Thomas Jefferson known to have had a copy of The Practice of Diplomacy at Monticello. ?Our author?, the translator writes in his preface, ?seems to have been a man of good heart and sound judgement, improved by the great experience of men and things with which his high station and employment unavoidably furnished him. It might be naturally imaged that a French Writer on this subject would too much encourage a coarse appetite for flatter, in the easy reciprocation and currency of which their vivacity and companionable turn are chiefly displayed. Mosieur Callieres seems to have had an understanding much above this foppery and self-delusion, the futile commerce and gratification of the little minds?. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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