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    Melville, James. The Memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-Hill: Containing an Impartial Account of the Most Remarkable Affairs of State During the Last Age, Not Mention'd by Other Historians: More Particularly Relating to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, Under the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, and King James. In all which Transactions the Author was Personally and Publickly Concern'd. Now Published from the Original Manuscript. London: E[dward] H[orton] for Robert Boulter, 1683. Folio. a-b4,B-2G4 [-2G4 blank] [16],204,[28]p. Old blind-ruled paneled calf, covers detached; t.p. mounted, minor staining & soiling. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $200.00

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    Melville (1535-1617) went to France where he became representative of Henry II to the court of Scotland. He also worked as a matchmaker (unsuccessfully) on behalf of several foreign suitors to Elizabeth and Mary of Scotland. Mary encouraged him to come to live in Scotland and he was often her emissary to Elizabeth. He also worked for James on his accession but he declined an invitation to go with James to England and retired to write his memoirs. They are an important and essential document in the history of a turbulent time. Charles Blount (1654-1693) diestical writer and freethinker, with strong whig tendencies. He died of self-inflicted wounds on his being thwarted in marrying his deceased wife's sister.       

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