[BAYNTUN (decorated leather binding)]; Colmache, Édouard; Colmache, georgina (EDITOR)
Title REMINISCENCES OF PRINCE TALLEYRAND EDITED FROM THE PAPERS OF THE LATE M. COLMACHE, PRIVATE SECRETARY TO THE PRINCE, BY MADAME COLMACHE
Binding Full morocco
Book Condition Very good +
Publisher London Henry Colburn 1848
Seller ID 1744
8vo (5” x 7¾”). 2 volumes. EXTRA ILLUSTRATED. Vol. I: pp.358; Vol. II: pp. 364. A striking Bayntun binding in scarlet morocco with a bold border containing intermittent loops in black outlined in gold; a double border and two single ruled borders. The spine has 5 raised bands, each with pointillé work; the compartments contain the titles in gold and a reduced version of the bold black border motif, each outlined in gold; Simple gold ruled turn-ins with grey and pale blue marbled eps; two red ribbon markers per volume; a.e.g. in the original scarlet cloth-covered, felt-lined slipcase. Originally released with a single frontis. portrait of Talleyrand in volume I. This extra illustrated set has a total of 40 additional illustrations; 20 illustrations per volume. Of these illustrations, 15 are hand-colored (including an early hand-colored portrait of Benjamin Franklin in Volume I opposite p. 301); there are also two double page illustrations and a fold-out illustration.Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, prince de Bénévent(1754 - 1838), was a French statesman and diplomat noted for his capacity for political survival; he held high office during the French Revolution -- and then again under Napoleon -- as well as at the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy -- and finally under King Louis-Philippe. Talleyrand had a mixed history with the United States; he was responsible for the notorious XYZ Affair during the John Adams administration, where Talleyrand insulted American diplomats sent to France to sue for peace, and then demanded a $250,000 personal bribe and a $10 million loan for France before he would begin peace negotiations. Talleyrand, however, was also the French minister who negotiated the treaty that ceded the Louisiana Territory to the United States in 1803 at the start of the Napoleon Wars. A very good + set with slight fading to both spines; the spine of vol. I has a ” chip to the head of the spine, while vol. II has several very small dark marks to the spine. The very good slip case shows fading and soiling to the cloth; the edges of the cloth on both the front and bottom panels starting. Exceptionally scarce.