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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 316

    GEORGE IV (1762-1830), King of the United Kingdom (1762-1830). Seven documents signed (six as Prince Regent), Carlton House and Brighton, 31 March 1814 - 24 October 1818 and 6 February 1824, warrants for the ratification of the 'Treaty of Defensive Alliance... with the Emperor of all the Russias', of additions to the Treaty of Paris of 1815, and approving accessions to the Treaty of Paris (or its constituent treaties) by the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the city of Lubeck, Sardinia, and the King of Saxony; the document of 1824 endorses Lord Eliot's commission to Spain; variously countersigned by Earl Bathurst, Viscount Castlereagh, Viscount Sidmouth and George Canning; and a document signed by GEORGE III, 14 September 1805, countersigned by Henry, 1st Earl of Mulgrave as foreign secretary, a warrant for ratification of a preliminary declaration delivered to the plenipotentiary of the Emperor of Russia; together approximately 77 pages, folio, all with papered seals, stitched with blue or purple ribbon (one document partially unstitched, another with a few minor tears at folds).

    The Treaty of Paris of 1815 was signed by the Quadruple Alliance of Great Britain, Russia, Austria and Prussia, but all princes and free towns who were not signatories were invited to accede to its terms, which effectively installed the 'balance of power' system which was to dominate European politics until the First World War. (8)

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    GEORGE IV (1762-1830), King of the United Kingdom (1762-1830). Seven documents signed (six as Prince Regent), Carlton House and Brighton, 31 March 1814 - 24 October 1818 and 6 February 1824, warrants for the ratification of the 'Treaty of Defensive Alliance... with the Emperor of all the Russias', of additions to the Treaty of Paris of 1815, and approving accessions to the Treaty of Paris (or its constituent treaties) by the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the city of Lubeck, Sardinia, and the King of Saxony; the document of 1824 endorses Lord Eliot's commission to Spain; variously countersigned by Earl Bathurst, Viscount Castlereagh, Viscount Sidmouth and George Canning; and a document signed by GEORGE III, 14 September 1805, countersigned by Henry, 1st Earl of Mulgrave as foreign secretary, a warrant for ratification of a preliminary declaration delivered to the plenipotentiary of the Emperor of Russia; together approximately 77 pages, folio, all with papered seals, stitched with blue or purple ribbon (one document partially unstitched, another with a few minor tears at folds).

    The Treaty of Paris of 1815 was signed by the Quadruple Alliance of Great Britain, Russia, Austria and Prussia, but all princes and free towns who were not signatories were invited to accede to its terms, which effectively installed the 'balance of power' system which was to dominate European politics until the First World War. (8)


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