The Travels And Memoirs Of Sir John Reresby, Bart.




Printed for Edward Jeffery and Son, Pall Mall.





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8vo. 6 x 9.5 inches. xii + 414 pp. + [32] pp. index, Directions to binder and publisher's advertisement. Bound in contemporary half morocco, gilt, over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised band and gilt lines. A little wear to extremities and some spotting largely confined to fly leaves and preliminaries; otherwise a very good crisp copy. Armourial bookplate of Alexander Meyrick Broadley, The Knapp, Bradpole, 1895 The Second Edition was published without the plates listed at end, which appeared only in the first edition of 1813. As a dissatisfied Royalist, John Reresby (1634-89) left England in 1654 for a four year period of voluntary exile, travelling through France, Switzerland, Italy, the German states and the Low Countries, before returning to England in 1658. He later served as MP for Aldborough, 1673-79, 1681-85 and for York, 1685-89. The King had appointed him Governor of the city of York in 1682. The first part of the book describes Reresby's continental travels, the second his political career up to the crowning of William and Mary, having become reconciled to the new regime after the Revolution of 1688. The Travels and Memoirs were first edited for publication in 1813. This copy was owned by Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916), barrister, known as 'Broadley Pasha' for his role in defending an Egyptian nationalist in Cairo. Broadley had a colourful career and was twice involved in homosexual scandals, the first resulting in his exile from India to Tunis and the second from London to Paris and Brussels. Eventually he settled back in his home village, Bradpole in Dorset, where he had his house, The Knapp constructed, and pursued his interest in book collecting.

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