(Aristocracy) 1 Vol. Mirabeau, (Honore Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de.) The Secret History of the Court of Berlin. Dublin: P. Byrne, 1789. 8vo, contemporary sheep; rubbed and worn, joints starting to separate, some spotting and foxing at front, some dampstaining at back, other scattered light foxing. Ink ownership of Robert Waln at head of front free endpaper recto and at head of title page, ownership on endpaper dated 1806. Reputed to be the first English-language edition, also reputed to be the first edition to bare the author's name.
Robert Waln, 1765-1836, Philadelphia merchant, textile and iron manufacturer, served in Pennsylvania legislature and U.S. Congress.

Estimate $120-180


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