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 Friday, November 24, 2017

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[Duval Dumanoir & Duval d'Espremenil] Memoire a consulter et consultation, pour le sieur Duval Dumanoir, & M. Duval d'Espremenil, Avocat du Roi au Chatelet, Heritiers du feu Sieur Duval de Leyrit, Gouverneur de Pondichery. Avec les Lettres que les Sieurs Duval de Leyrit & de Lally se sont ecrites dans l'Inde, pour servir de pieces Justificatives. Paris De l'Imprimerie de Michel Lambert: 1766. Bound with- "Arrest de la Cour de Parlement, qui prive Thomas Artur de Lally..." dated May 6th, 1766 and "Arrest de la Cour de Parlement qui condamme Armand-Antonin-Francois Fretard de Gadeville, & Jacques-Hugues de Chaponnay..." dated May 10th, 1766. A sad chapter in the history of the Seven Years War, ending with the French loss of India and the May 9th, 1766 beheading of General Thomas-Arthur, comte de Lally, [1702-1766]. This volume is the most complete of two collections of records published relating to the loss of French India, compiled from the official records by the heirs of the late French Governor of India. It ranges from the first action in which General Lally's troops were engaged through the withdrawal of the French from India. Lally was the son of an Irish Jacobite and a French noblewoman who joined the French army while still in his teens. In 1744 he was put in command of the "Irish Brigade" at Fontenoy, and was awarded a field promotion to brigadier. Following several more years of distinguished service, in 1756, General Lally was given command of the French expedition to India at the outbreak of the Seven Years War. It would have been better had he stayed home. Lally reached Pondicherry, the capitol of French India, in 1758. Following initial successes he met a series of defeats and setbacks, including a failed siege at Madras. Capable as a soldier but proud and disdainful as a man, Lally was roundly disliked by his men and officers, as well as the local Indian citizenry, a situation which cannot have helped the military campaign. The end came when he retreated to Pondicherry, was besieged there by a British army, and finally surrendered the city, and French presence in India, in 1761. The stage was set for almost two centuries of English rule in India, and General Lally was shipped back to England as a prisoner of war. Again, it would have been better had he stayed put. France had just lost the entirety of India, a scapegoat was needed, and Lally didn't have enough friends at court to avoid being charged with treason. A more moderate man would have stayed put, safe in England, but Lally demanded to be paroled so that he could return to France and defend himself. The resulting trial reached its predictable end after almost two years and on May 6th, 1766, Lally was sentenced to be beheaded, a sentence which was carried out three days later, on May 9th. Bound at the end of this copy are two very rare pamphlets- the official text of the Court's condemnation of Lally, dated 6 May, 1766, annd a four page official act of the courts levying fines against some officers in General Lally's regiment, dated May 10th, 1766, the day after the General was beheaded. A scarce book -no copy appears in the US auction records in the past 25 years. 7.75"x10", viii +579 + 8 + 4 pages. In a nice period binding of full mottled calf, with a gilt decorated spine featuring floral motifs. Marbled pastedowns but this copy has evidently had the matching endsheets removed. Some light cover wear, the outer hinges are split and the hinges themselves are a bit tender.

Inventory #: 29757
Price: $ 1500.00       

Erving, Henry Wood. An Incident of '62. Hartford private printed: 1932. "Sixty copies have been printed for the author on Glaslan paper at the Wayside Press". An interesting privately-published booklet by a Founding Member of the Walpole Society, and noted amateur historian and Americana collector. Erving had boyhood memories of the Civil War, and here recounts a story told him many years later by Lt. Col. E.N. Phelps of the 22nd Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, about an incident at church when a substitute preacher who opposed the War tried to condense the weekly prayer for Abraham Lincoln. The booklet is illustrated with a photographic reproduction of a Civil War-era photograph of Phelps in uniform, and an original silver-print portrait of Phelps as an old man. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 21 pages, with 2 photographs tipped-in. Light wear at the cover margins, else a nice copy. Inscribed by Erving.

Inventory #: 31365
Price: $ 150.00       

Hunt, R.N. Carew (ed.). Unpublished Letters from the Collection of John Wild, selected and edited by R.N. Carew Hunt. First Series. New York The Dial Press: 1930. An interesting selection of original letters of 17th-early 19th century notables, drawn from the huge and remarkable collection which John Wild assembled between about 1820 and 1855. Writers include Christopher Wren, Pope, Isaac Watts, Captain Cook, Mrs. Garrick, Lady Hamilton, Byron, Shelley, Queen Caroline, Maria Edgeworth, Voltaire, Goethe and others. Although these are of relatively minor historical or literary importance, they provide interesting sidelights of the quirky sort- Byron complaining to a steward that he wants some "real good Arquebusade in long bottles, such as you sent me at first, and not this d-d trash which I return", and adding that he will let the steward draw on his account in 100 crown increments, as to allow him to draw a larger (uneven) figure "deranges my accounts -being no great arithmetician". There is also a young Shelley, not yet come into his inheritance, offering to give a bookseller a promissory note of 250 L for every 100 L worth of music books he is willing to send now, payable once the inheritance comes through. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 234 pages, some letters reproduced in fold-out facsimiles. Spine darkened, but otherwise a fine, partially uncut, copy.

Inventory #: 35793
Price: $ 30.00       

Kihn, Phyllis. The French San Domingo Prisoners in Connecticut. [in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, April, 1963. An article based on 50 documents and letters from the CHS collection relating to the capture of the French schooner 'Vengeance' during the quasi-war between France and America in 1798-1800, and the incarceration of French San Domingo prisoners from the schooner in Hartford. Softcover. 6"x9", 17 pages [article], black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 33061
Price: $ 15.00       

Merriam, Eve. The Nixon Poems. New York Athenaeum: 1970. A series of humorous, ironic and fiercely critical poems skewering the already-named President. Probably got her on the White House Enemies List. Certainly got her off the White House Christmas Card list. Hardcover. 9.5"x9.5", 97 pages, b/w illustrations, dj jacket quite worn light soil.

Inventory #: 6467
Price: $ 10.00       

Nef, John U. Industry and Government in France and England 1540-1640. Ithica GreatSeal Books / Cornell University Press: 1957. First published in 1940 as part of the Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society. Softcover. 5"x7.5", 162 pages, light wear.

Inventory #: 6127
Price: $ 10.00       

Rath, Frederick L. Jr. & Merrilyn Rogers O'Connell. Historic Preservation. A Bibliography on Historical Organization Practices. Nashville American Association for State and Local History: 1975. Sections on Historical Preservation in Perspective, Preservation Law, Urban Development and Redevelopment, Preservation Research and Planning, and Preservation Action. Hardcover. 6"x9", 141 pages, fine.

Inventory #: 5266
Price: $ 25.00       

Rather, Dan & Gary Paul Gates. The Palace Guard. New York Harper & Row: 1974. A well-written, behind-the-scenes look at the first Nixon Cabinet and the machinations that resulted in the rise of Kissinger, Haldeman and Erlichman and the fall of men like Burns and Romney. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 326 pages, b/w illustrations, dj moderate wear.

Inventory #: 6504
Price: $ 10.00       

Reed, Michael. The Age of Exuberance. 1550-1700. London Routledge & Kegan Paul: 1986. "The natural exuberance of the men and women of Tudor and Stuart Britain, whether inpolitics, religion, architectural decoration or literary conceit, turned easily to excess. The age is marked by growing wealth, often expressed in extravagent building schemes... In particular (the age) was marked by an insatiable curiosity about the natural world...". From "The Making of Britain" series. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 306 pages, b/w illustrations, dj near fine.

Inventory #: 2460
Price: $ 20.00       

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