Manuscript on paper, in French, 16mo (13 x 11 cm), pp. [8 blank], [2, title], 160, [9, index], [4 blank]; very neatly written in light brown ink, attractive pen flourishes to title and headings, up to 20 lines per page; very well preserved in contemporary red morocco, gilt tooled border and centrepiece to covers, gilt edges, gilt and orange endpapers embossed with floral design; a little rubbing to spine and covers; housed in contemporary two-part slipcase of orange paper embossed with floral design, lined inside with marbled paper; small areas of loss and rubbing to extremities.
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‘Poesies Francoises sur diverses sujets composée par plusieurs celebres auteurs et recuelly par D.C.G. C de Schoulenbourg à Förste l’ann 1742’.
A charming manuscript compendium of French poetry in an attractive binding and slipcase, compiled at Förste in South Lower Saxony by a member of the distinguished von der Schulenburg family. The selection of love poems, spiritual and satirical verse, epitaphs, and songs (including one poem titled ‘Sur un livre donné à sa majesté Brittannique intitule Il gyro del mondo’) is drawn from seventeenth-century writers including Boileau, Fénelon, Le Pays, Pavillon, Racine, and Scarron.
Tracing its origins to the thirteenth century, the von der Schulenburg family were for centuries in the service of the Electors of Brandenburg and Kings of Prussia. Distinguished members include Melusine, Duchess of Kendal (1667 – 1743), mistress of George I, and Johann Matthias (1661 – 1747), the eminent soldier and art collector. Given the initials on the title, the compiler of this manuscript was perhaps Christian Günther von der Schulenburg (1684 – 1765), a forebear of Friedrich-Werner von der Schulenburg (1875 – 1944), one of the conspirators who attempted to assassinate Hitler on 20 July 1944.
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