The Travels and Memoirs of Sir John Reresby, Bart.
RERESBY Sir John (1813)
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The former (now first published) exhibiting a view of the Governments and Society in the principal States and Courts of Europe, during the time of Cromwell's usurpation; the latter containing Anecdotes, and Secret History, of the Courts of Charles II. and James II. Illustrated with forty portraits, and views of the most remarkable persons and places mentioned.43 engraved plates and portraits, including 5 hand-coloured views, 6 of the portraits with hand-colouring or heightening.8vo. Large Paper copy.Fine copy in contemporary red straight-grained morocco, the covers with a gilt anthemion and palmette roll border, in the centre the gilt arms block of the Hon. R. Fitz-Gibbon, spine elaborately tooled in gilt with small tools, dark-blue watered-silk doublures, gilt edges (spine slightly faded, minor recolouring to the joints).London: for Edward Jeffery, [etc.], by B. McMillan,
The Memoirs were first printed in 1734 but this is the first printing of the Travels.
This is the most expensive issue, in Imperial Octavo, priced at four guineas unbound.
Provenance: 1: The Hon. Richard Hobart FitzGibbon (1793-1864), M.P. for Limerick 1818-41, later (1851) 3rd Earl of Clare, sales, Sotheby, 1866 and 1881. 2: Laurence Currie (1867-1935), of Minley Manor, Hampshire, with bookplate. 3: Lindsay Fleming, F.S.A., of Aldwick Grange, Bognor Regis, Sussex, with label.
Stock Code: 58601