MANUSCRIT - KOLLI (Louis Collignon, known...

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MANUSCRIT - KOLLI (Louis Collignon, known...

MANUSCRIT - KOLLI (Louis Collignon, known as Baron de).
Historical and political memoirs on Valençay offered to the rulers of Europe.
S.l, 1820, two volumes in-8 with figures, [VII] pages - [1] unencumbered white sheet -276 pages - V table pages + [2] unencumbered sheets - 277 pages - V table pages; handwritten on paper, set in graphite and covered with a fine writing in brown ink, very legible; [2] watercolored drawings under serpentine and placed in frontispiece at the beginning of each volume: "S.M.C. Ferdinand VII, King of Spain & India" (vol. 1); "Le donjon de Vincennes, vue de l'intérieur de la fortress" (vol. 2); passages corrected by another hand; censored passages with a large black line, long-grained red morocco, smooth spines decorated with double gilt fillets, gilt title, single gilt fillets in frames on the dishes, dedication and date pushed on the dishes, gilt hatching on the cups, counterflats and guards of pale green paper, gilt edges (rel. of the period). A few scratches on the lower plates, corners of the first volume slightly blunt.
Dedication manuscript "to the British government", probably the author's handwritten copy, compiled in 1820, three years before it was printed in 1823.
Very early on, the manuscript was in the library of Lord Wellesley (Wellington), for whom it was probably composed, in order to obtain some favour ten years after the fact. A comparison with the 1823 edition would be most interesting: the present copy appears to contain copies of correspondence not found in the printed version. It should be noted that certain passages concerning Wellesley have been heavily censored. The title of the second volume is more explicit: "Historical and political memoirs on Valençay offered to the rulers of Europe and written by Colonel Baron de Kolli, who in 1810 was entrusted with an important mission by the British government to H.M.C. Ferdinand VII, King of Spain and India, then a prisoner at Valençay; the authentic documents in support of these memoirs; those emanating from kings, princes and others. The details of the author's captivity in the Donjon of Vincennes, during the years 1810, 1811, 1812, and 1813; his translation to the castle of Saumur in 1814, his freedom, and his second captivity in 1815".
PROVENANCE: 1. dedication pushed to the centre of the upper plates: "Manuscript / To the British Government / 1820" - 2. Lord Arthur Wellesley [Wellington] (1769-1852): since 1818 Wellington had returned to England, where he held a series of important military and political posts. - Phillipps Collection, MS. 15864; marked "Bought at Lord Wellesley's sale by Evans, Jan. 1843."
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