Mémoires de Monsieur Du Gay-Trouin, lieutenant général des armées navales, Commandeur de l'Ordre Royal & Militaire de Saint Louis
|Book Title:||Mémoires de Du Gay-Trouin|
|Number of Books:||1|
No editor, no place, 1740 - binding in full calf of the time, spine with 5 raised bands, red title label and compartments with fleurons, quarto, all red edges, green silk bookmark, marbled end papers, 3 pages unpaginated, half-title printed in black, large portrait of the author in frontispiece engraved by Larmessin, title page in red and black with marine allegory in engraved vignette - XL and 284 pages, illustrated with 5 plates illustrated out of text (marine battles and Bay of Rio de Janeiro by A. Coquard). In the end, [colophon:].. C.F.S. and a sheet of white end paper. Strong binding, crowns rubbed, joints split in head, minor losses of leather in corners and borders, covers bearing a few marks and scratches, a flyleaf formerly restored after a tear, a pale bookplate in title, a fold lacking in the folded engraving facing page 126 “Le Jason abordant le Chester et le Cumberland abordé”. Very beautiful paper of amazing freshness. Book in nice condition
Should be considered as the true first edition after the death of the famous sailor of the publication, in 1729, of the Mémoires du Comte de Forbin, written by Simon Reboulet and the following year of the clandestine publication of his own memoirs by P. Villepontoux. These memoirs were published, according to the will of the Guay, after his death (1736), from the manuscript corrected from his hand by his friend Pierre François Beauchamps-Barbier, and notes of his nephew Luc de La Garde-Jazier. (according to Polak, Taillemite)
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