De l’amnistie et du mariage de S. A. R. le duc d’Orléans.

Paris, Laisné, [1837].

12mo, pp. xiv, 132; some leaves partially unopened; only light occasional foxing; contemporary purple cloth with patterned paper boards, gilt panels and lettering to spine, sprinkled edges; spine faded, a little rubbed; indistinct library stamp to title-page with minor offset to verso of half-title, exlibris on front pastedown, Bibliothèque du château de Villardonnel.

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First edition, rare. A work commending the Prince Royal, Ferdinand Philippe of Orléans, whose talent at exercising influence and popular support gave a hopeful outlook for the constitutional monarchy in France – a position strengthened by his marriage to Hélène of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in May 1837. The Prince’s ability and bright future was poignantly attested by the political struggles which Ferdinand’s father Louis Philippe I suffered after his son’s untimely death in 1842 and his own subsequent abdication in 1848.

The author and publisher from Grenoble showed great zeal for the imperial cause and was decorated by Louis-Philippe for his actions during the July days. His pamphlet of 1822 aimed at the minister Decazes cost him fifteen months in prison plus a three-thousand-franc fine and the status he earned as minister of public health in Paris was lost after an article he published criticized Gisquet’s administration. He died in poverty in 1843.

Not in COPAC. WorldCat lists two copies: Bibliothéque nationale de France and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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