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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 378

    PIDANSAT DE MAIROBERT, Mathieu Francois (1727-79). L'Espion anglois, ou correspondance secrete entre Milord All'Eye et Milord All'Ear. London: John Adamson, 1779-85.

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    PIDANSAT DE MAIROBERT, Mathieu Francois (1727-79). L'Espion anglois, ou correspondance secrete entre Milord All'Eye et Milord All'Ear. London: John Adamson, 1779-85.

    10 volumes, 12° (167 x 97 mm). 4 folding tables. (Paper flaw to A9 in vol. 7 affecting a few lines of text.) Contemporary quarter calf, spines gilt, red morocco lettering-pieces (some minor rubbing). Provenance: Kenneth Nebenzahl (bookplate; sold Christie’s New York, 10 April 2012, lot 102).

    Second edition, revised and corrected. An important source on the French background of the American Revolution, being a chronicle of political and social events in France between 1774 and 1778. It is written in the guise of letters from an English spy at court and covers very closely events in France connected with the American war, including an interview with Franklin in Paris, news of Lafayette's departure for America, an account of the Franco-American alliance, d'Estaing's departure etc. The political events are interspersed with anecdotes on DuBarry, Voltaire, the Chevalier d'Eon, Beaumarchais, and other notable figures of the period, as well as commentary on the arts, morals, etc. Barbier II:175; Sabin 62696.


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