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A RHAPSODY ON THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF FRENCH POLITICS;
[Lloyd, Henry].

A RHAPSODY ON THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF FRENCH POLITICS;

On the Projected Invasion, and the Means to Defeat It. By -, a Chelsea Pensioner. W. Faden ... 1779.
1st Ed. [iv] + 90pp. With pp.(68*-73*) as issued. Folding map, folding plan, folding formation plate (all with light hand colouring, and dated 1779). Some light browning, ex.-libris John Cule, contemporary half calf with marbled boards, gilt lettered roan label to upper board, minor wear to corners and boards, dec. blind embossed compartments with double gilt rule edged raised bands and gilt lettered title label to spine, Prefacing our copy is an early 5pp. manuscript ‘Extract from General Lloyds History of the Seven Years War‘. ESTC T147447. ‘Dedication signed: G. Ll., i.e. Henry Lloyd.’ Henry Humphrey Evans Lloyd (c. 1718–1783). ODNB ‘... best remembered as a writer on military strategy. His books include [the above], in which he set out ways to frustrate a French invasion of Great Britain. After Lloyd's death, British agents allegedly searched his house and removed confidential papers. Lloyd's heirs were later paid by the British government not to publish further editions of his work. Subsequent editions did appear, however, under a different title, A Political and Military Rhapsody on the Invasion and Defence of Great Britain, during the invasion scares of 1794 and 1798 ..’ According to the introduction in the ‘Second Edition’ of 1792 this book was not properly published until 1790, when it was given the title of ‘A Political and Military Rhapsody’. ‘A Very few copies of this publication had been distributed by the Author among his military freinds ... Ever since the suppression of this publication [the above edition] a printed of manuscript copy of it has been sought after ... and was considered as a valuable acquisition ... a manuscript copy was purchased ... at the price of one hundred guineas ...’ Written during the American War of Independence, the book became in great demand with the commencement of the French Revolutionary wars.
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