Londres [i.e. probably Amsterdam]: John Adamson, 1777-8. First edition of an interesting collection of letters dealing with life in pre-revolutionary France. Topics include the monarchy, the legislature, the French economy, the clergy, the theatre, music and opera, salons, current scandals, d’Alembert, Voltaire, Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, etc. Some light wear to edges. A little light browning. Overall a very good set. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with burgundy and black morocco labels, edges sprinkled blue. Four volumes, twelvemo.`. 361, [1, table]; , 316; , 387; , 360 pp. Item #13482
Mathieu Francois Pidansat de Mairobert (1727-1779) was born in Champagne and brought up in the house of Madame Doublet de Persan. He became a members of the literary society that held meetings there, and contributed to the society’s manuscript journal, which was later used in the preparation of the Memoires secrets" (1770). He became 'censeur royal' and was elected an associate member of the Academy of Caen. His reputation suffered by his involvement in the noted trial of Marquis de Brunoy, and he fell into a melancholy and shot himself. He was the author of Frangaises dans l'Amerique (1755)" " Reponse aux ecrits des Anglais sur les limites de l'Amerique Anglaise (1755); Memoire sur l'etat de la Compagnie des Indes Occidentales (1756), Anedoetes sur Madame la Comtesse de Barry (1776), and other works. His writings about his own country are of the most interest, as he utilized documents that were destroyed in the French Revolution. The present work was continued after his death. It eventually went to ten volumes, with the last six volumes having the title, L’Espion anglois.
Gay III, 437-8. Lacombe, Bibliographie parisienne, 227.