8vo, pp. [iv], xx, 318,  contents; with the ink inscription ‘Earl of F. & S.’ to the front wrapper; occasional spotting, else a nice, clean copy, uncut in the original paper wrappers, upper joint cracked at foot, spine perished in places but cords firm.
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First edition of the Abbé de Pradt’s first and most famous work. The entries for the present work in Barbier, Quérard and NUC (which gives a different pagination) all include ‘par l’auteur des “Considérations sur la France”’ in their transcription of the title-page. Our copy is completely anonymous.
The second Congress of Rastatt (1797–99), as mentioned in the title, ‘was intended to rearrange the map of Germany by providing compensation for those princes whose lands on the left bank of the Rhine had been seized by France. It had no result, however, as it was ended by the outbreak of the European war’ (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edn).
A voluminous political writer, de Pradt (1759–1837) was elected to represent the diocese of Rouen at the États-Généraux in 1789, after which he emigrated with his archbishop to Hamburg to escape the Terror. It was in Germany that de Pradt began to write. On his return to France in 1798, he became Napoleon’s first chaplain and, later, bishop of Poitiers (1805). See the Nouvelle biographie française XL, cols 970–973.
See Barbier I, 211; Quérard VII, 325 (incorrectly giving the date as 1778); not found in NUC.
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