The History of the Life of the Duke of Espernon, the great favourite of France. Englished by Charles Cotton, Esq. In three parts, containing twelve books. Wherein the History of France is continued from the year 1598, where D'Avila leaves off, down to our own times.

London: Printed by E. Cotes and A. Clark, 1670. First edition in English. With engraved portraits of Cotton and Espernon. Title-page in black and red. Leather restored at bottom corner of front cover, joints cracking, but sound. Top corner of dedication page cut off to remove a name. Old ink annotation on front pastedown. A good, clean copy. Contemporary calf with covers ruled in blind and spine in gilt, later gilt red morocco spine label. Folio. 20], 190, [2], 191-416, [2], 417-651, [1] pp. Item #15472

Jean Louis de Nogaret de la Vallette (1554-1587) was a noted French courtier. He was a favorite of Henry III, who created him Duke of Espernon, and then in 1587 appointed him admiral of France. He held high offices in the next two reigns, as well. He was in the carriage of Henry IV when the king was assassinated and was suspected of complicity in that crime. The translator, Charles Cotton (1630-1687) was a poet and friend of Izaak Walton. He is best known for his contributions to The Compleat Angler.

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