London: H.D. Symonds, 1802. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 219 pp. Collates as complete. Bound in contemporary tree calf with an attractive expertly rebacked spine (in six compartments) retaining the original black morocco label, boards with gilt tooling to the edges. The volume is illustrated by a copper-engraved frontispiece, depicting the muse Clio who is writing the French women's names in the temple of memory. Printed by C. Whittingham, Dean Street, Fetter Lane. Du Broca's volume discusses the actions of the wives of various aristocrats, provincial governors, and ministers, and the women's reactions to their loss of status or loss of their husbands in the violence of the French revolution. Du Broca clearly favors the upper classes and those in power in his work, and focuses on the loyalty of the women towards their rich and powerful husbands, brothers, and/or lovers during the civil strife. A lovely volume recording what Du Broca viewed as courage and moral fibre during the French revolution. Very Good. Item #00007947
A Very Good book with a former owner's name written in contemporary ink on the title page (Sarah Price) and a few tiny spots from a small dampstain on the top textblock; overall the leaves are very clean, showing no foxing.