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DU GUAY-TROUIN, (RÉNÉ). - Memoires. Augmentés de son éloge, par (Antoine-Léonard) Thomas.

Rouen, de l'imprimerie privilégiée, 1785.Sm.8vo. Original marbled calf, spine richly gilt with red morocco title-label. With engraved portrait, folding plan of Rio de Janeiro and 5 folding engraved plates depicting sea-battles by Meunier. XXXVI,338 pp.These memoires were first published in Amsterdam in 1730 as a pirate edition, extracted from an unfinished manuscript. The first official (and complete) French edition was published in Paris in 1740, after the author's death. Pierre Mortier, the well-known Amsterdam bookdealer, published in the same year an 8vo edition, which was reprinted several times. Admiral Duguay-Trouin (1673-1736) is one of the most illustrious French seamen and corsairs. He inflicted many defeats on England and Dutch warships and in 1711 captured Rio de Janeiro from the Portuguese. 'A popular autobiographical account of one of the most prominent naval figures of the Louis XIV period' (James Ford Bell Library D309). 'The glory and reputation of the famous corsair are sufficient to account for the number of editions which have appeared up to the present' (Borba de Moraes I, p.273). - A very fine copy.Sabin 29198; Polak 2854.
EUR 522.50 [Appr.: US$ 631.18 | £UK 465.25 | JP¥ 65459] Book number 33484

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