Amsterdam: 1727. Duodecimo (166 x 100 mm.), 4 volumes, [vi] 431, [ii] 227 (ie 327), [ii] 343, [ii] 319pp., vols. 3 and 4 have engraved title page vignette, uniform full leather bindings with 5 raised bands, blind roll around edges of boards (no longer visible on all volumes), title in gold on leather label in second compartment (now absent on volume 3), gold tooled pattern in other compartments, gold tooling on edges of boards (very worn), marbled endpapers, all edges red, green silk ribbon markers.
Signatures: Vol. 1: 1a2 A-R12S11; Vol. 2: 1A-N12O8; Vol. 3: 1A4B-P12; Vol. 4: 1A-N12 O4
Good, leather bindings decayed and surfaces crackled, vol. 1 rubbed and scratched, leather of hinges beginning to split, vol. 2 rubbed and scraped, leather of hinges beginning to split, top headband absent, vol. 3, rubbed and worn, leather of front hinge beginning to split, vol. 4 rubbed and worn, leather of front hinge beginning to split, 1 x 2 cm piece of upper spine torn but still attached. Despite the state of the leather the bindings are all quite sound with the marbled paper holding the text block solidly to the boards. Several pages have small tears and some small pieces missing, with no loss of text, vol. 1 p. 81 and vol. 2 pp. 119 & 165 have a hole burnt through affecting a couple of letters, vols. 3 and 4 are lightly annotated in an early hand, paper lightly browned, spotted and foxed, water stain to endpapers and pp. 97-120, 241 -264 of vol. 1. Vols. 3 & 4 have an armorial plate with the motto ‘Moderatur et urget’ pasted on the front pastedown. Item #682
Despite the imperfections, a good sound copy of the memoirs of François de Paule de Clermont, Marquis de Montglas, (1620-1675) including the history of the war between France and Austria from 1635 to 1660. This copy recorded by the Early Imprints Project, Queensland.