Publisher: London: Printed and Sold by B. Bragg, 1707.
Edition: First English edition of Mémoires de la cour d'Angleterre (1695).
Bibliographical References: ESTC T77374; McBurney, English Prose Fiction 1700-1739, 28.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; an attractive copy.
Book ID: 28312
Description8vo, contemporary paneled calf, five raised bands.
CommentsOn the success of her Spanish travel narratives, Countess d’Aulnoy “traveled” to England to chronicle the scandals of the court of Charles II. As recently as 1913 a new translation of Memoirs of the Court of England was published with footnotes, appendices and a scholarly introduction without noting the possibility that the text was likely fabricated; the Countess never traveled to England. But McBurney caught it; and ESTC further notes that The Lady’s Pacquet of Letters is attributed to the great English women author of similar “secret memoirs,” Delarivier Manley.