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HAMILTON, Anthony, Count (ca. 1645--1719)
[Mémoires de la vie du Comte de Grammont. 1793]
Mémoires du Comte de Grammont, par le C. Antoine Hamilton. Edition ornée de LXXII portraits, gravés d'apres les tableaux originaux.
A Londres chez Edwards, [1793].
[8], 313, [3], 77, [3] p., engr. frontis. port., [78] pl. (chiefly ports.) ; 26.7 cm. (4º)

First published in 1713. Date from ESTC. Richard Edwards's edition first appeared in 1772, the same year as the highly-prized Strawberry Hill edition. An entertaining account of army and court life in C17th France and England loosely centered on Hamilton's brother-in-law Philibert, the Comte de Grammont as a representative figure of gallantry with the background of the scandalous court life of Charles II, the Mémoires met with critical acclaim when they were published after circulating in manuscript, and were quickly translated into English in 1714. The majority of the portraits were engraved by W.N. Gardiner after S. Harding and the plates are found in two states, one set giving the details of their 'originals' and dates of publication in 1793. The sole illustration in the book that is not a portrait features Somer Hill near Tunbridge, a house painted by Turner in 1811 (picture now in the National Gallery of Scotland). The plates (which are captioned in English) were reissued in the English translation of 1794 (q.v.), in which the image of Somer Hill appears as a title vignette rather than a plate. Includes 'Notes Et Eclaircissemens.' (by Horace Walpole) with separate pagination and register, 'Avis au Relieur pour placer les Figures.' which is found in two states, and 'Table Des Noms.'. ESTC t128041.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought from A. Maxwell for £4 14s. 6d., 9 June 1810. (Priv. Corr.XVI.E.2.3). The 'Avis au Relieur pour placer les Figures' has 'Miss Davis, 2 portraits 203' and is marked in pencil to confirm the presence of the plates. Caption for plate at p. 201 is 'Edwd, Progers.'.
Copy 2: 29.0 cm. Imperfect; wanting the half-title and seventeen plates (sixteen of the female characters, and also the Somer Hill landscape). The 'Avis au Relieur pour placer les Figures' has 'Miss Davis, 2 portraits 303'. Caption for plate at p. 201 is 'Edwd, Proger.'. Tipped onto the front free-endpaper is an ALs from John Soane, junior, dated Tunbridge Wells, Aug. 20th 1812: My dear Father,/ I trust you will obligingly accept and/ as readily believe that your acceptance of the Work will/ give the Donor more pleasure than the retention of "Memoires/ De Grammont" would to/ Yr affectionate Son/ John Soane. In August 1812, Soane was in London residing at 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields during the period of the demolition and rebuilding of No. 13.

Binding Copy 1: Contemporary late C18th red straight-grained morocco, elaborate gilt-tooled borders, gilt and blind inner frames, gilt- and blind-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt, gilt doublures, dark teal moiré silk-lined endpapers, triple endbands, gilt text-block edges.
Copy 2: Contemporary late C18th red straight-grained morocco, gilt- and blind-tooled borders with palmette and anthemion, gilt- and blind-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt, gilt doublures, blind-tooled brown paper pastedowns, triple endbands, gauffred gilt text block edges.

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