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MEMOIRS OF THE MARCHIONESS ...
[Mémoires de Madame la marquise de Pompadour. English. 1766]
Memoirs of the Marchioness of Pompadour. Written by herself. Wherein are displayed the motives of the wars, treaties of peace, embassies, and negotiations, in the several courts of Europe: the cabals and intrigues of courtiers; the characters of generals, and ministers of state, with the causes of their rise and fall; and, in general, the most remarkable occurrences at the court of France, during the last twenty years of the reign of Lewis XV. Translated from the French. In two volumes. ...
London: printed for P. Vaillant; and W. Johnston, 1766.
2 vols ; 16.4 cm. (12º)
I: xv, [1], 267, [1] p.
II: [2], 252 p.

Not in fact by Madame de Pompadour. Translation of Memoires de Madame la marquise de Pompadour, variously attributed to Claude-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon and to Marianne Agnès Pillement, Dame de Fauques. The first French edition was published with a Liège imprint but was printed in the British Isles, probably in London (see ESTC t221868; J.M. Quérard, Les supercheries littéraires dévoilées, 2nd ed., vol. 3, 204f). The translation has been attributed to Samuel Johnson. ESTC n11307.

Copy Notes Soane's dye-sinker bookplate is present in the second volume only.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, rebacked in C19th gilt-ruled calf, black morocco spine-labels. Rebacked and lettered by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s., 5 September 1829. (Archives 7/10/19).

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