Memoirs Of Madame De Stahl In Two Parts..
Bound in original calf; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Extremities worn with some loss at top and bottom of spine but otherwise a very good copy. Gift stamp to H. M. Forces from the People of Dover Rural District on first free endpaper.
Printed and sold by W. Reeve, in Fleet-Street.,
Containing, a particular account of the plot, for which the spanish embassador, great numbers of the french nobility, and madame de stahl, were committed prisoners to the bastile, and to several other prisons and castles in that kingdom. her conduct under confinement; and the integrity she preserv'd, notwithstanding the artifices that were made use of to induce her to a discovery. with the intrigues of several persons of high rank, from some of which she had a narrow escape: and a relation of some state transactions, which throw new lights on the french history. likewise some account of the conventual life, this lady having been brought up from her infancy in a nunnery in normandy. the whole being a series of very extraordinary and interesting events; and is interspers'd with characters and anecdotes of several of the french nobility, and of persons either belov'd or detested for their virtues or vices. written by herself, in her last illness. translated from the french. to which are added, historical and biographical notes, by the translator. the second edition.
12mo. 4.25 x 6.25 inches. viii +  + 14-328 pp., with initial publisher's advertisement page.
Marguerite de Launay (1684-1750) was educated at a convent in Evreux and entered the household of the Duchesse du Maine. After being implicated in a conspiracy against Philippe, Duke of Orleans, Regent for Louis XV, she was committed to the Bastille for two years in 1718. Here she discovered a love for a fellow prisoner and conversely her gaoler developed a passion for her, both of them being aristocrats. In 1750 she entered upon a marriage with the Baron de Staal, arranged by the Duchesse to enhance her status. Her Memoirs, notable for their humour and frankness were first published in French in 1755 and have remained popular ever since. This second edition is very scarce; ESTC records only one UK copy, in Oxford, two in the US and two in Australia, the first edition also having one UK location, in the British Library.
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