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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
Minutes of the negotiations of Monsr. Mesnager at the court of England, towards the close of the last reign. Wherein some of the most secret transactions of that time, relating to the interest of the Pretender, and a clandestine separate peace, are detected and laid open. Written by himself. Done out of French.
London: printed for S. Baker, 1717.
326 p. ; 18.2 cm. (8º)

In fact a forgery ascribed to Defoe, intended to influence the trial of his patron Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford. This was denied by Defoe. See W. Lee in Notes and Queries, ser. 4, v. 5, pp. 177 and 2; Defoe's letter of denial was reproduced in Notes and Queries, ser. 4, v. 3, p. 548. The question is further discussed by Moore who states that "To support the claim that the book was a genuine translation from the French of Mesnager, an alternative title-page was printed: 'Minutes of the negotiation [sic] of Monsr. Mesnager at the court of England ... Antwerp, printed for Jean van Borscelen. 1717.'. One title or the other was meant to be cancelled". The Soane copy has the variant cancel sig. D2 with catchword: done. ESTC t69384; Furbank and Owens 194; Moore 377.

Copy Notes Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Negociations Of M. Mesnager'.

Reference Number 782


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