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The History of Henry III. (Last of the House of Valois,) King of France.
Printed for The Author By P. Byrne, Dublin 1783 - vii, [1], 357pp, [1]. Contemporary tree-decorated sheed, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Rubbed, with cracking to joints and some slight loss to spine, extremities. Slight soiling to title, else a crisp copy internally. A curious, rather dramatised historical account of the rule of Henry III, King of France (1551-89), and the corresponding political situation in the final years of Valois rule and the ongoing Wars of Religion. Published in Dublin in a single edition by the anonymous author James Garden, of whom little is known and no further works are recorded by the usual catalogues, it is dedicated to George Nugent Grenville, Earl Temple. Frustratingly recorded twice by ESTC at different locations, it is presumably the inclusion of dramatic effect that has led to its description there as a work of fiction. Rare, with ESTC locating only four copies in the British Isles, and four elsewhere. Not in British Library. ESTC T199371/N51952 8vo [Attributes: First Edition]
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