Avis respectueux et désintéressé à Guillaume V Prince d’Orange, Stadhouder, Capitaine et Amiral-Général de l’Union; sur le parti à prendre, dans l’état actuel de la République, par Un vrai Ami de la Patrie & de l’Illustre Maison de Nassau-Orange. ‘En Holland’, ie. Leiden, De Does, 1783.
8vo (202 x 115 mm), pp. xvi, 72, in contemporary quarter calf over speckled boards, slim spine gilt in compartments with orange and green morocco labels lettered (’Guillaume V’) and stamped in gilt, a little rubbed at extremities, the Starhemberg copy with the usual stamp and crayon shelf mark on the half-title and with typically lovely patterned endpapers in red and green with cross-hatching and floral strips, red edges.
A scarce libelle against William V, Prince of Orange (1748-1806), the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic. François Bernard was a French journalist who spent a number of years in Leyden and Amsterdam, where he taught mathematics, geography and French. He became closely involved in the patriotic movement in the Netherlands and was a key member of a group of French writers including Antoine Marie Cerisier and Dumont-Pigalle, who aimed to influence the broader European community on behalf of the anti-Stadtholder faction. Bernard edited the Gazette d’Amsterdam, 1786-1787 and the revolutionary journal, De Batavier, which was published in Dutch. Although written in French, the text of this important libelle was first published in Dutch in a translation by a lawyer named Blom, as Aan zyne doorluchtige hoogheid Willem den Vyfden, Prins van Oranje, 1783. A German translation, Ehrfurchtsvoller und uneigennütziger Rath an Wilhelm, was also published in 1783.
OCLC lists BL, BN, Koninklijke, Berlin, Augsburg, Bamberg, Trinity Dublin and Harvard.