[MANLEY, Mary de la Rivière]. Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality, of Both Sexes. From the New Atalantis, an Island in the Mediterranean with Memoirs of Europe, towards the Close of the Eighth Century. London: For John Morphew, 1709-10. 4 volumes. 8° (184 x 113mm.). Engraved frontispiece in volumes I & II, printed key at end of each volume, one leaf in volumes I & II and two in volumes III & IV.
Contemporary red morocco, spines gilt in compartments, gilt panelled sides, inner gilt dentelles, g.e. (hinges a little rubbed). Provenance: Edward George Hibbert (armorial morocco book-label); the Rosebery Library at Durdans (morocco book-label). Second edition of the Secret Memoirs, FIRST EDITION of the Memoirs of Europe. Esdaile p. 267; McBurney 45a & 51.
Mary Manley's notorious and scandalous romans à clef satirising the political and literary figures of the day under the guise of characters in Atalantis [sic] and at the Court of Charlemagne. (4)