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The Memoirs of the Duke of Sully
London - R. Dodsley, 1751 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. Two volumes bound in leather with gilt titles to the spines. Scarce first edition. Maximilien de Bthune, Duke of Sully (1560 1641) was the doughty soldier, French minister, staunch Huguenot and faithful right-hand man who assisted Henry IV of France in the rule of France. Sully left a collection of memoirs written in the second person very valuable for the history of the time and as an autobiography, in spite of the fact that they contain many fictions, such as a mission undertaken by Sully to Queen Elizabeth in 1601. Perhaps among his most famous works was the idea of a Europe composed of 15 roughly equal States, under the direction of a Very Christian Council of Europe, charged with resolving differences and disposing of a common army. This famous Grand Design, a Utopian plan for a Christian republic, is often cited as one of the first grand plans and ancestors for the European Union. Two folio volumes of the memoirs were splendidly printed, nominally at Amsterdam, but really under Sully's own eye, at his chateau in 1638. Condition: The bindings are tight and firm, although the outer hinges are starting on Volume I. There is some wear to the extremities including rubbing and fire damage to the boards. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional spot. There are some tears to the edges of about 20 pages in Volume I, however this does not affect the text. Overall the volumes are in good only condition..
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    

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