Hamilton, Anthony: Memoirs of the Comte de Gramont.

Hamilton, Anthony - Memoirs of the Comte de Gramont. Folio Society, 1965, 1st thus.

The text is a revision of Walpole's version with inaccuracies corrected and punctuation modernized. The binding design is based on a Samuel Mearne binding from the library of Charles II, now in the British Museum. French courtier, while still young served under Conde and Turenne, and became a favorite at the court of Louis XIV, but his gallentries brought him exile from France in 1662. He found congenial society among the merry profligates of the court of Charles II of England. Here, after many adventures, he married, but not without compulsion, Elizabeth Hamilton with whom he afterwards returned to France. At eighty he inspired his Memoirs of the 'amorous intrigues' at Charles's court, or reviesed them when written by his brother-in-law, Count Anthony Hamilton. The book is a singular revelation of a world of villainy, written with equal grace and vigour. It was first printed anonymously in 1713. (Chambers Biographical Dictionary). 9" x 5½", 256pp plus 16 plates, green buckram, gold blocked front-board and spine decoration and lettering, hardback. Printed on laid paper. Index. Illustrated in monochrome with contemporary portraits taken from the 1793 edition.

Spine sunned (as normal); fine; complete with good (paper split about 3" along one end edge but case still firm, edge-wear) slip-case.


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