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In our Catalogue this is Booknumber V70984

Author Defoe,Daniel] Written by Himself [ascribed by the real author, probably Defoe, to Nicholas Mesnager ((1658-1714)]
Title MINUTES OF THE NEGOTIATIONS OF Monsr. MESNAGER at the Court of England, Towards the close of the last Reign [Queen Anne]. Wherein Some of the most Secret Transactions of that Time, relating to the Interest of the Pretender, and a Clandestine separate Peace, are detected and laid open. Written by himself. Done out of French.
PlacePub London
Publisher S.Baker at the Black-Boy and Anchor .. 1st edition
Date 1717
Description Octavo calf rebacked on 5 raised bands (tips worn) 326pp. There are two variants of D2 - this copy has the catchword DONE on p51. Variable foxing/staining but paper strong and supple, neatly restored with reinserted endpapers. *According to the British Library this is in fact an original English work by Daniel Defoe. "To support the claim that the book was a genuine translation from the French of Nicholas Mesnager, an alternative titlepage was printed (reading) Minutes of the negotiation [sic] of Monsr. Mesnager at the court of England. .. Antwerp, printed for Jean van Borscelen. 1717'.. One title or the other was meant to be cancelled" (Moore). According to others, this is a forgery ascribed to Defoe, intended to influence the trial of his patron, Lord Oxford. Our titlepage does seem to be a cancel as it is stubbed in but this could have been done when the spine was repaired. The work seems to be universally catalogued under Defoe -even by libraries supporting the forgery theory. It is a piece of anti-Jacobite propaganda relating to the negotiations leading up to the Treaty of Utrecht (1713).
Booknumber V70984
Price Price: GBP 250.00 or USD 315.00
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