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VERTOT, René Aubert de (1655--1735)
Histoire des chevaliers hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jerusalem, appellez depuis les chevaliers de Rhodes. Et aujourd'hui les chevaliers de Malte. Par M. l'Abbé de Vertot, ... Tome premier (second--quatriéme).
A Paris chez Rollin. Quillau pere & fils, imp. jur. lib. de l'Université . Desaint, 1726.
4 vols ; 26.0 cm. (4º)
I: [12], 696 p., engr. frontis. port., 24 [i.e. 25, bis pl. 1] engr. ports., [3] maps (1 fold.)
II: [2], 719, [1] p., [1], 25--43 [i.e. 19] engr. ports., [1] plan
III: [2], 552, 4, [2] p., 44--48 [i.e. 5] engr. ports., [2] fold. maps
IV: [2], 240, 408, 221, [1], xx, 2 p., 49--65 [i.e. 17], [2] engr. ports.

First edition of the famous history of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem by the Abbé de Vertot, a French author esteemed by Madame de Sévigné and J.B. Bossuet. Also issued in the same year in a five-volume duodecimo edition, a copy of which was bought by Chambers in Paris from J.D. Le Roy for the Royal Academy Library in 1774. Translated into English in 1728. Volume IV includes a 'Dissertation Au Sujet Du Gouvernement ... de l'Ordre ...' and a 'Liste Chronologique Des Freres Chevaliers ...', each commencing new pagination and register. The portraits of the grand masters of the order are numbered 1--65; there are additionally a bis pl. 1 in vol. I depicting Gerard Tum, rector of the Hospital, an unnumbered portrait of Maurice de Pagnac in vol. II., and three unnumbered portraits of Jean-Jacques Bailli de Mesmes, the Chevalier d'Orléans, and Anne Gordon de Genouillac de Vaillac in vol. IV. The maps engraved by Delahaye after Delisle and the plans by Berey after Tigné show the Mediterranean and Near East, Malta and Gozo, Palestine with Cyprus, Rhodes and surroundings, and the fortifications of Rhodes and Malta, the latter with three leaves of accompanying letterpress. With a 2-pp. 'Avis Au Relieur, ...', misbound in the Soane copy but assumed in the collation above to be placed at the end of vol. IV. Brunet V, 1149; Cioranescu 66185; Graesse VII, 288.

Copy Notes The Soane copy has the maps and accompanying letterpress in vol. III placed to precede the 'Table Des Matieres', and the 'Liste Chronologique Des Freres Chevaliers ...' which should form part of vol. IV, is misbound in vol. III to follow the maps and the 'Avis Au Relieur' which is here also placed in vol. III. Plate 65 portraying the grand master Antoine Manoel de Vilhena is bound in vol. I to face the dedication to him, rather than in vol. IV as directed in the 'Avis Au Relieur', and the portrait of Anne Gordon de Genouillac de Vaillac misbound in vol. I. Early French annotations in ink on the front free-endpapers of tomes I, III and IV. Bought from Thomas Boone for £1 8s., 5 February 1808. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpapers 1/8/0 and with Boone's codes in ink, and in pencil with an earlier price 1-11-6.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, triple blind fillet borders, gilt-tooed spine compartments, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 948


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