Memoirs of Count Grammont, By Count A. Hamilton. Translated from the French, with Notes and Illustrations. Second Edition, Revised. In three volumes. Vol. I [-III]. London, T. Bentley for J. White &c., 1809.
‘Second Edition, Revised.’ Three volumes, 8vo (198 x 110 mm), engraved frontispiece portrait to each volume and pp. viii, [ii], ix-xi, [i], 378 (ie 278); [ii], 304; [ii], 284, with thirty-seven further plates, some browning and offsetting, in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, worn at extremities, spines ruled, lettered and numbered in gilt.
An illustrated edition of these much loved spurious memoirs of the libertine Comte de Grammont (1621-1707) at the court of Charles II, with 40 engraved plates, mainly portraits, spread throughout the three volumes. First published anonymously in 1713 and reprinted frequently in English and French, it was admired on both sides of the channel by writers from Voltaire to Gibbon, who called it ‘the delight of every man and woman of taste’. DNB has it as ‘written with such brilliancy and vivacity that it must always rank as a classic’.