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    First Edition of Memoirs by a
    Great French General

    Martin Du Bellay. Les Memoires. Paris: Pierre L'Huillier, 1569. First edition. Folio. Approximately 12.25 x 8 inches. รก6, a-y6, z4, aa6, ee4, A-2N6, O6. [12], 350 folios; 700, [10] pages. Printer's device on title-page, fine head-pieces and decorated initials. Full eighteenth-century mottled sheep, gilt spine with red leather label, gilt dauphin border round sides enclosing the arms of the Parliament de Normandie, marbled endpapers and edges. Minor wear to binding, old owner's stamp on title-page, pin worm hole in blank lower margin, corner of last leaf restored (no text affected), minor foxing, occasional stains on c1-c4. Overall, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Martin Du Bellay [1495-1559] was "a great general, an able negotiator, and a patron of letters, and was also employed by Francis I. His historical memoirs, from 1513 to 1543, are stlll remaining... Whatever pleasure the curious find in pursuing these memoirs, the generality of readers complain of the length of his descriptions of the battles and sieges in which he was present; but he cannot be denied the praise of a wise and able man."

    Guillaume Du Bellay [1491-1543], brother of Martin, also a general for Francis I, imperial negotiator, and author. "He was sent to Piedmont in quality of viceroy, where he took several toens from the Imperialists. His address in penetrating into an enemy's designs was one of those talents in the exercise of which he spared no expence, and thereby had intelligence of the most secret councils of the emperor (Charles V) and his generals. He was extremely active in influencing some of the universities of France, to give their judgment agreeably to the desires of Henry VIII, king of England, when this prince wanted to divorce his queen, in order to marry Anne Boleyn..."{Chalmers] His memoirs are lost except for the fragments published with his brother's memoirs.  

    Index Aurel. 156.474. BM STC (French) 141. Brunet I, 747. Graesse I, 328. Not in Adams.



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