Modern French History

(since 1500)

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  THE GANGRENE. Translated from the French by Robert Silvers. N.Y.: Lyle Stuart (1960). 8vo 96 pp. Grey boards. Some fading at upper edges and cheap paper browned, else very good in like dustwrapper. Testimony of seven Algerian intellectuals tortured by the French. The original 1959 edition of LA GANGRENE was seized by French police and the plates were smashed. $ 35.00

Alleg, Henri THE QUESTION. Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre. N.Y.: Geroge Braziller, 1958. 1st US edition. 8vo 123 pp. Half cloth and paper boards. About fine in edgeworn dustwrapper with shallow chips and tears. (The original French edition was suppressed by the French authorities.) $ 20.00

Asprey, Robert B. THE REIGN OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. NY: Basic, 2001. 8vo. xxvi+480 pp. Illus from maps, drawings and portraits. Map endpapers. Paper boards. Black mark at bottom edge, else about fine. $20.00

Barber, Noel THE WEEK FRANCE FELL. June 1940. London: Macmillan (1976) 8vo 320 pp. Illus from photos. Green boards, photographic endpapers. Ink name on half-title, else near fine in like dustwrapper with very small chip to rear panel. $ 20.00

Bernier, Olivier LOUIS XIV. A Royal Life. NY: Doubleday, 1987. 8vo. 373 pp + 16 pp of plates from portraits and contemporary art; map. Endpapers are genealogy chart. Half bound in cloth over green boards. Ink name/date on front free endpaper, else about fine in dustwrapper with minor shelfwear. $ 18.50

Bernier, Olivier WORDS OF FIRE, DEEDS OF BLOOD. The Mob, Monarchy, and the French Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., (1989). 8vo. x + 452 + 16 pp of illus from contemporary paintings and engravings. Boards. Spine tips and corners lightly bumped, else near fine in like dustwrapper. $ 18.50

Burckhardt, Carl J. RICHELIEU AND HIS AGE. Vol. III. Power Politics and the Cardinal's Death. London: George Allen & Unwin, (1971). 8vo. 488 pp. Frontis + 8 pp of plates; fold out map and two genealogical charts in rear. Red boards. Top corners bumped, else a nice bright copy in dustwrapper with a 1" piece removed from top panel and a 4" tear. $ 25.00

De La Fuye, Maurice & Emile Babeau THE APOSTLE OF LIBERTY. A Life of La Fayette. N.Y.: Thomas Yoseloff, (1956). 8vo. 344 pp. Red cloth. Light wear to the extremities, else a very good copy. $ 22.50

Duff, David EUGENIE AND NAPOLEON III N.Y.: Morrow, 1978 8vo xi+308 pp. Illus from portraits and engravings; genealogical table. Half cloth and paper boards. Light tape tracks to front free endpaper, else very good in d/w worn at extremities with remains of external tape repair to top edge. $ 20.00

Forster, Robert THE HOUSE OF SAULX-TAVANES. Versailles and Burgundy 1700-1830. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins (1971) 8vo x+297 pp. Genealogical table; map. Boards lightly rubbed else near fine in like dustwrapper. $ 40.00

Gorce, Paul-Marie de la THE FRENCH ARMY: A Military-Political History. N.Y.: Braziller (1963) 8vo 568 pp. Black cloth, faded at top edges, slight bump to foredge else very good in worn d/w. $ 25.00

Guerrini, Maurice NAPOLEON AND PARIS. Thirty Years of History. London: Cassell, 1970. Translated, Abridged and Edited by Margery Weiner. 8vo. xii+468 pp. Orange cloth. Ink name on front endpaper, else a very good copy in like dustwrapper. $25.00

Hamscher, Albert N. THE PARLEMENT OF PARIS AFTER THE FRONDE. 1653-1673. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Pr., (1976). 8vo. xxii + 270 pp. Tables in text. Blue boards. A fine copy. $ 18.50

Harding, James THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURE OF GENERAL BOULANGER. NY: Scribner's, (1971). 8vo. xii + 251 pp. Illus. from portraits, cartoons, etc. Black cloth. Ink name on front free end paper. Else near fine in very good dustwrapper with some edge wear. $ 20.00

Hickey, Daniel THE COMING OF FRENCH ABSOLUTISM: The Struggle for Tax Reform in the Province of Dauphine. 1540-1640. Toronto: Univ of Toronto (1986) 8vo xii+273 pp. Maps; graphs and tables. Grey illustrative cloth. A fine copy. $ 25.00

Higonnet, Patrice L.-R. PONT-DE-MONTVERT. Social Structure and Politics in a French Village, 1700-1914. Cambridge: Harvard University Pr., 1971. 8vo. xv + 217 pp. Illus. from photos, maps and tables. Red cloth. A near fine copy in lightly edgeworn dustwrapper. $ 30.00

Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel LOVE, DEATH AND MONEY IN THE PAYS D'OC. N.Y.: Braziller (1982) 8vo vii+597 pp. Map; tables. Rust cloth. Fine in very good dustwrapper. $ 30.00

Lever, Evelyne. MADAME DE POMPADOR. A Life. NY: Farrar, Strauss, 2000. 8vo. viii+310 pp. 8 pp of colour illus. Green boards. A fine copy in like dustwrapper. $ 22.50

Lovett, Gabriel H. NAPOLEON AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN SPAIN. Vol I: The Challenge to the Old Order; Volume II: The Struggle Without and Within. N.Y.: New York University, 1965. 2 vols 8vo xiv+414; v+415-884 pp. Map. Vol.I is red cloth and Vol II is black cloth. A nice clean set, about fine, in near fine dustwrappers. $ 60.00

Merrick. Jeffrey W. THE DESACRALIZATION OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Pr., (1990). 8vo. xiv + 196 pp. Charcoal cloth. About fine in like dustwrapper. $ 25.00

Methuen, Lord NORMANDY DIARY. Being a Record of Survivals and Losses of Historical Monuments in North-Western France, together with those in the Island of Walcheren and in the Part of Belguim traversed by 21st Army Group in 1944-45. London: Robert Hale (1952) 4to xxv+263 pp. Colour frontis and 4 colour plates from watercolours; line drawings in text; 97 plates from photos of architectural monuments and contrasting bombed out ruins. Large folding map in colour[taken from a Michelin yellow regional map]. Blue boards with some spotty fading. Some foxing to rear pages at foredge only. Very good copy. $ 65.00

Mitford, Nancy MADAME DE POMPADOUR. London: Hamish Hamilton (1968) Cr 4to 304 pp. Profusely illus from contemporary art, architecture and artifacts; 43 plates in colour. Dark green cloth with de Pompadour arms, gilt; illustrative endpapers. Barely perceptible staining on lower borders of covers else near fine in slightly weary dustwrapper, stained on interior and a bit worn at head of spine. (Dustwrapper has Harper & Row imprint but edition is UK). $20.00

Montgon, A. de PARIS. Paris: Fernand Nathan, 1937. 8vo 159 pp. Illustrated from 148 photographs; paintings and engravings plus illustrations in colour by Carlier. Paper boards with print of l'Arc de Triomphe on top board. White boards some sunned and soiled, especially at spine. A very good copy . Texte en francais. $20.00

Painter, George D. CHATEAUBRIAND. A Biography. Volume I (1768-93): The Longed-for Tempest. N.Y.: Knopf, 1978 8vo 327 pp. Illus from portraits, engravings and photos, 2 maps. Brown cloth. Fine in like d/w. $ 25.00

Poete, Marcel UNE VIE DE CITE PARIS DE SA NAISSANCE A NOS JOURS. 4 Vols. La Jeunesse; La Cite de la Renaissance; La Spiritualite de la Cite Classique, Les Origines de la Cite Moderne; Album. Paris: Auguste Picard, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1925. 4 Volumes. 8vo. xxxi+626+foldout map; 338; x+579+fold-out map; xxviii+547 pp. Illus with 600 illustrations from documents and artwork. Library bound with blue buchram spines over marbled paper boards. Ex-lib with pockets at rear, occasional stamps and book plate on front paste downs. Library numbers on spine blocked out with blue marker. A very good working copy, sound and clean. $150.00

Porch, Douglas CONQUEST OF THE SAHARA. N.Y.: Knopf, 1984. 8vo. xi + 332 pp. Map. Blue boards. Dark yellow cloth spine. Review copy stamp on front free end paper and rear paste down, else near fine in like dustwrapper. $25.00

Raitt, Jill THE COLLOQUY OF MONTBELIARD. Religion and Politics in the Sixteenth Century. N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1993 8vo xi+226 pp. 1 map. Grey cloth. Fine in like dustwrapper. $ 22.50

Rifkin, Adrian & Roger Thomas, edited and presented by. VOICES OF THE PEOPLE. The Social Life of 'La Sociale' at the End of the Second Empire. (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1988). 8vo. x + 330 pp. Tables and maps. Translated from the French. Black boards. About fine in very good dustwrapper with 4cm cut on rear panel. $ 30.00

Sackville-West, V. DAUGHTER OF FRANCE. The Life of Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans Duchesse de Montpensier. 1627-1693. La Grand Mademoiselle. London: Michael Joseph, (1959). 2nd imp. 8vo. 384 pp. Illus. from portraits and engravings; folding genealogical table. Maroon cloth. Top of front free endpaper clipped to depth of 1"; a few ink markings in text & rear fep, else very good in rubbed and lightly soiled d/w with small chips & tears. $ 25.00

Saint-Simon, Duc de. Edited and Translated by Lucy Morton. HISTORICAL MEMOIRS OF THE DUC DE SAINT-SIMON. A Shortened Version. 2 Vols. Volume 1: 1691-1709. Volume 2: 1710-1715. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1967 & 1968. 2 Vols. 8vo. xxii+535;xviii+525 pp. Plates. Illus throughout from photos, artwork, maps and geneology tables. Pictorial endpapers. Red cloth. Name/address blacked out on front pastedown under the dust jacket flap, else a very good set in like dustwrappers with light fading to spine. C$35.00

Stafford, David FROM ANARCHISM TO REFORMISM. A Study of the Political Activities of Paul Brousse within the First International and the French Socialist Movement 1870-90. Toronto: Univ of Toronto (1971) 8vo xiv+367 pp. Green cloth. Ink name on front free endpaper, very light rubbing to extremities, else about fine in very good d/w with a few tears. $20.00

Thomas, Edith THE WOMEN INCENDIARIES. London: Secker & Warburg, (1967). 8vo. xv + 240 pp. Illus. from photos, engravings & caricature; maps; map eps. Trans. from the French. Orange boards. Very good in like d/w with some edgewear. $ 20.00

Thompson, J. M. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1964. Reprint of 2nd edn. 8vo xvi+544 pp. Illus from portraits and engravings; documents; maps. Red cloth. Ex-lib with institutional stamps and the usual depredations. Nevertheless a very good, sound reading copy with clean text. $ 25.00

Williams, Helen Maria LETTERS WRITTEN IN FRANCE , IN THE SUMMER 1790, TO A FRIEND IN ENGLAND; CONTAINING VARIOUS ANECDOTES RELATIVE TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION; AND MEMOIRS OF MONS. AND MADAME DUF--- London: T. Cadell, 1790. 223 pp. Full contemporary leather. Probably rebacked. Gilt decoratation to spine with leather title label. Some light foxing to preliminary pages and occasionally throughout. A handsome copy, clean and sound. $1200.00

Williamson, Hugh Ross CATHERINE DE' MEDICI. London: Michael Joseph (1973) Roy 8vo 288 pp. Profusely illus from contemporary portraits, paintings, engravings, artefacts; photos of castles and armour. Black cloth, spine lettering and cover emblem gilt. Pictorial endpapers. A fine copy in very good dustwrapper. $20.00