The French Impostors: or, An Historical Account of Some Very Extraordinary Cases, Brought before the Parliament of France, Several of which were so Very Surprizing, that they for a Long Time Puzzled the Whole Senate. ANONYMOUS.

The French Impostors: or, An Historical Account of Some Very Extraordinary Cases, Brought before the Parliament of France, Several of which were so Very Surprizing, that they for a Long Time Puzzled the Whole Senate.

Publisher: London: Printed by J. Applebee, for J. Hazard, J. Brindley, J. Worrall, J. Jolliffe, C. Corbet, Ward and Chandler, E. Withers, R. Dodsley, and W. Warner, 1737.
Edition: First edition, second issue with a cancel title; first published earlier the same year with the title Gallick Reports. This second issue retains the running title Gallick Reports.
Bibliographical References: ESTC N6568, which records six copies of this issue (Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and National Library of Medicine); cf. ESTC T116539 for the first issue.
Condition: Two leaves misbound following the preface; title-page somewhat soiled and with a small hole not affecting the text; edges of the binding rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28073

Description

12mo, contemporary sheep skillfully rebacked, red leather spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Five pages of publisher's terminal advertisements.

Comments

¶ An unusual collection of seven "extraordinary" and "surprizing" French criminal cases, as recorded by an anonymous English author, who has also supplied an interesting 43-page preface on French law. Among the cases is the 16th century story of Martin Guerre, later used by Janet Lewis for her novel The Wife of Martin Guerre (Colt Press, 1941); that's followed by stories of a man who "debauched" a young woman, but is saved from execution by that woman; Mary Margaret de Aubrey, who poisoned her father and two brothers; the celebrated history of Urbain Grandier, condemned as a Magician; a child claimed by two women to be its mother; Madam Tiquet, who attempted to "assassinate" her husband. Interspersed with the cases are other aspects of French law, the king's edicts against witches and poisoners, etc. Modern nautical bookplate on the front free endpaper of Robert J. Hayhurst, retail pharmacist and book collector.

Price: $975.00

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