1730 · Paris
For some time one of the most widely read and discussed explanations of the arrival of the Celtic Britons in Armorica — though subsequently supplanted by less speculative and more documentable accounts — this treatise was written by the Abbé de Vertot (1655–1735), known as the official historiographer of the Knights of Malta. The present example (containing both volumes in one) is a reissue of the first edition of 1720, with the leaf following the title-page of the second volume reset and the privilege statement giving 1720; it is now uncommon, with WorldCat finding => only one U.S. institutional holding.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with affixed slip reading "Louis Duval Archiviste du département de l'Orne." Duval (1840–1917) was a prominent librarian and archivist, and co-founder of the still-active Société historique et archéologique de l'Orne.
Not in Brunet, not in Graesse. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title-label; rubbed and scuffed overall (but gilt sill pleasing), with spine extremities chipped. All edges stained red. Ex-library (properly deaccessioned): Front pastedown with institutional label, gutter of first text page with pencilled gift annotation, back free endpaper with affixed bar code (lined through); front free endpaper with slip as above. One leaf with minor paper flaw to outer margin; a handful of scattered small spots of foxing, pages otherwise nearly pristine. (Inventory #: 38444)