Grammont. Grammont’s Memoirs Of The Court Of Charles The Second..
Bound in half navy morocco, gilt, over blue boards; spine in compartment with raised bands, ornamented gilt. Marbled boards. Deckled edges. Occasional foxing largely confined to edges; otherwise a very good copy. Pictorial and armourial book plate of Arthur Stuart Beazley and gift inscription on second free endpaper. Binder's stamp of Riviere and Son on verso of first free endpaper.
Arthur L. Humphreys.,
By arthur hamilton.
(the royal library historical series).
8vo. 6.25 x 8.5 inches.  + 351 pp. Title page in red.
A vivid account of the licentious court of Charles II, ostensibly the Memoirs of Philbert, Comte de Grammont (1621-1707), A Gascon nobleman, who had served in the French army but was exiled and fled to the English court, from 1662-64, attending again in 1670, 1671, 1676 and 1688 (James II). He dictated his account of his early life, at the age of eighty, to his brother-in-law, Anthony (Antoine) Hamilton (1646-1720), who is considered the principal author of the Memoirs. Hamilton, a Roman Catholic, was born in Ireland and spent much of his early life in France, later serving with the forces of James II in Ireland, 1689-90. The work was first published in French as the Mémoires and in English in 1714, with many later editions following. This copy, in a handsome Riviere binding, was owned by Arthur Stuart Beazley of Bethersden (1884-1984), member of the Kent Archaeological Society.
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