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ELLIS, George James Welbore Agar, Baron Dover (1797--1833)
The true history of the state prisoner, commonly called the Iron Mask, extracted from documents in the French archives. By the Hon. George Agar Ellis. Second edition.
London: John Murray, 1827.
[4], viii, 352 p. ; 18.4 cm. (8º)

First published in 1826. 'The Iron Mask' was the name given to a prisoner arrested as Eustache Dauger in 1669, held in a number of jails until his death in 1703 under the name of Marchioly, during the reign of Louis XIV of France. There have been many theories as to his identity; that proposed by George Agar-Ellis, one of the founders of the National Gallery and a President of the Royal Society for Literature, identified him with Count Ercole Antonio Mattioli, Secretary of the Duke of Mantua.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the title-page John Soane Esqr / RA / from the Author. With an ALs tipped in before the front free-endpaper Spring Gardens / May 10 1827 / My dear Sir / I send with this a copy / of the second Edition of my / history of the Iron Mask, which / I trust you will do me the / favour to accept, though I am / aware it hardly deserves a / place in your library. - / I remain / yr very humble serv[an]t / G. Agar Ellis/.

Binding C19th russia, gilt-tooled borders, diced boards, gilt double-ruled spine, gilt-lettered, marbled edges. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 4s., 5 January 1830. (Archives 7/14/40).

Reference Number 4610


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