Louis Xavier Auguet de Saint-Sylvain, Baron de [Jean Toussaint MERLE, editor]. The career of Don Carlos, since the death of Ferdinand the Seventh: being a chapter in the history of Charles the Fifth.

London, Richard Bentley, 1835.

8vo, pp. xxviii (mis-numbered ‘xviii’), 384, with a lithographed frontispiece of Don Carlos (spotted) and one lithographed plate (a portrait of Zumalacárregui); title faintly spotted, but a good copy in contemporary calf-backed boards, spine with black morocco lettering-piece; slightly rubbed; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).

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First edition in English. First published in French earlier the same year and quickly translated into German and Spanish as well as English. Saint-Sylvain was a French legitimist who became a significant personal aide to Don Carlos. ‘Admitted to the confidence of the legitimate heir of the Spanish monarchy, his faithful servant and attendant from the time of his banishment into Portugal, to that of his triumphs in Navarre, the narrative which he publishes, will reveal, with striking veracity, the men and events of that country in their true character’ (preface, p. viii). Los Valles’s account, dedicated to Don Carlos’s wife, the Princess of Beira, was well received by Tory journals.

Provenance: Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland (1792–1865), with his bookplate. Percy had joined the navy at the age of twelve and served as midshipman on a succession of frigates in the Mediterranean in Admiral Collingwood’s fleet. On succeeding to the dukedom in 1847 he became one of the half-dozen or so wealthiest aristocrats of the time.

Alberich 1080; Palau 350842.

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