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Edited with an introduction by Desmond Flower. The Roxburghe Club, 1981. A facsimile reproduction, with transcription, of the eight pages of autograph manuscript which are all that survive of Therèse, a play written when Voltaire was nearing the height of his powers. Desmond Flower’s introduction outlines the circumstances of the play’s creation and considers why it was never publicly performed.
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The Copie of a Letter written from Paris, the 20. of May 1610. Declaring the Maner of the Execution of Francis Ravaillart [sic], that murthered the French King. With what he was knowen to confess at his Death …
First edition, scarce. ‘Good King Henri’ IV, the first Bourbon king of France, was a religious moderate best known for his promulgation of the Edict of Nantes in 1598. Guaranteeing religious liberty to Protestants earned him many enemies however, including the Catholic zealot François Ravaillac, by whom he was stabbed to death in Paris in May 1610. News of the assassination was carefully controlled in England through pamphlets like this one (see below).
Rerum Belgicarum libri quatuor. In quibus Ferdinandi Albani sexennium, belli Belgici principium. Additur quintus, seorsim anteà excusus, in quo induciarum historia; & eiusdem belli finis.
First edition. The first four books narrate the repressive governorship of the duke of Alva (1567–73), who was sent to the Netherlands to secure Spanish rule after the collapse of the rebellion of 1566–67. An earlier version of the fifth book, which ends with the truce agreed in 1609 between Spain and the United Provinces, had appeared as Rerum Belgicarum liber unus in 1612, but was withdrawn in the face of vehement criticism. The author, a classical scholar and close friend of Grotius, was appointed historiographer to the States General in 1611 and was tutor to Oldenbarnevelt’s sons.