THE EIGHT VOLUMES OF LETTERS WRIT BY A TURKISH SPY, WHO LIV'D FIVE AND FORTY YEARS UNDISCOVER'D AT PARIS [EIGHT VOLUMES]
by Marana, Giovanni Paolo
London: A. Wilde for S. and E. Ballard, 1753. [The Twenty-Fifth Edition], Thirteenth Edition. Hardcover. 10mos., 8 volumes; VG; bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt rules to boards, paneled spines with burgundy label, gilt titling, elegant gilt stamps; mild rubbing and wear to bindings; bookplate to front pastedown of all volumes; frontispiece to volume 1; bookseller's description tipped onto recto of ffep of volume 1; Usually found with vols. 2-8 of the 13th edition of 1753-54, as is the case with this set; Vols. 7 and 8 were published in 1754 and do not include the name of the printer in the imprint; MW consignment; shelved above case 5. The volumes contain fictional letters written by one "Mahmut the Arabian." The letters cover the period of 1637 to 1682 in France, from the last years of the Regency of Anne of Austria and Cardinal Richelieu through the long reign of Louis XIV and his minister Cardinal Mazarin. Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy is a selection of fictional letters claiming to have been written by an Ottoman spy named "Mahmut" in the French court of Louis XIV. The Letters form a rambling journal of gossip on current politics and satire on society. Mahmut sends reports from Paris to Constantinople on politics and current events in France, but corresponds privately on other subjects including religion, and adds stories and anecdotes for diversion. His observations range from those on political figures such as Richelieu and Mazarin to speculations on the status of women, advice about state policy, and major interventions in controversies about religious doctrine and their consequences. His political position in the letters changes from that of liberal Catholic to that of a rationalistic Deist. [wikipedia]; ESTC: T91589. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.
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