1767. A Series of Letters....Discovering the Scheme Projected by France to Invade England. 1st edition, nice large 4to, 2 volumes in 1!
Author: Mac Allestester, Oliver
Title: A Series of Letters, Discovering The Scheme Projected by France, In MDCCLIX. For an Intended Invasion upon England with Flat-Bottom'd Boats; Various Conferences and Original Papers touching that Formidable Design. Pointing at The Secret and True Motives, which Precipitated the Negotiation, and conclusion of the last peace. To Which are Prefixed, The SECRET ADVENTURES of the Young Pretender; and The Conduct of the French Court......
Publisher: London: Printed for the Author
Year: 1767 (1st Edition)
Pages: Volume 1: blank + v. + 263 pp. Volume 2: 268 pp. + blank. Both volumes Complete (bound in one) and Complete in 2 Volumes
Size: 4to (10.25" by 8.25")
Condition: Binding is Very Good, Text is Very Good approaching Near Fine
This is a wonderful (and very rare) book featuring one of the more odd schemes of France to invade England in the mid 1700s. The book, among other things, outlines a secret plan that was never to be: to invade England using flat-bottomed boats. If you think France's use of the Maginot Line in WWII was a blunder, just wait until you read about their plans for invading England in 1759! By comparison, the Maginot Line will seem as a stroke of military genius! The old fued between France and England are well illustrated in this 1st edition of a work that we notice has only recently been reprinted in the last few years. This is an extremely rare book, held by a few libraries, rarely seen on the market -- retail or otherwise.
Aside from the unique contents, the excellent condition of this large quarto volume (2 volumes bound together in 1 volume) is equally notable. The boards are original period full calf, restored, Very Good, rebacked with a somewhat recent calf spine, date in gold, and title in gilt on a black morocco label. The edges are rubbed with loss, corners bumped/rubbed -- not chipping, can be handled (was properly restored probably within the last 30 years). The text block is square, tight, and firm. The flaws present are very minor in nature and stand out only because the book is in such great condition otherwise. Very Good or better. There are some small notations in a period hand on the front pastedown and the facing blank. Light soiling/toning to the title pages, sporadic instances of mild soiling or foxing in text throughout, very light toning to some pages, last 4 leaves of book with light soiling, a closed marginal tear not affecting text (see photo below). 99% (or more) of the text is bright and clean with no foxing. The paper is a fine laid paper. This is a well printed book -- one of the better quality printings we've come across -- featuring a couple of wonderful engraved head-pieces and ornamental initials.
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