1697 SECRET History of White-Hall Stuart House SPY Letters David Jones 2in1

JONES, David

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A rare collection of ‘secret history’ letters on English royalty and the Stuart House

 

David Jones’s ‘Secret History of White-Hall’ is an important late 17th-century historical view of English royalty and politics. Jones recognized that the English public had a strong desire to understand the inner workings of the Stuarts and decided to capitalize on the taste for secret court memoirs, which had been largely censored prior to 1695.

 

According to Snyder, these works were written in the form of letters written at Paris to a noble lord, a much-used device. Furthering on that, Bullard notes that ‘Secret History’

“scrutinizes the conventions of secret history to provide an acute analysis of this form of historiography. Jones’s observations not only have a profound impact upon the relationship between secret history and the opposition to arbitrary government, but also prefigure some of the more audacious was in which the conventions of secret history are manipulated during the 18th-century. ‘Secret History of White-hall’ consists of a series of 131 letters sent to an unnamed English peer to a spy at the French Court. A ‘Continuation’ contains 31 letters written through 1695. (Bullard, 53-55)

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1697 SECRET History of White-Hall Stuart House SPY Letters David Jones 2in1

 

A rare collection of ‘secret history’ letters on English royalty and the Stuart House

 

David Jones’s ‘Secret History of White-Hall’ is an important late 17th-century historical view of English royalty and politics. Jones recognized that the English public had a strong desire to understand the inner workings of the Stuarts and decided to capitalize on the taste for secret court memoirs, which had been largely censored prior to 1695.

 

According to Snyder, these works were written in the form of letters written at Paris to a noble lord, a much-used device. Furthering on that, Bullard notes that ‘Secret History’

“scrutinizes the conventions of secret history to provide an acute analysis of this form of historiography. Jones’s observations not only have a profound impact upon the relationship between secret history and the opposition to arbitrary government, but also prefigure some of the more audacious was in which the conventions of secret history are manipulated during the 18th-century. ‘Secret History of White-hall’ consists of a series of 131 letters sent to an unnamed English peer to a spy at the French Court. A ‘Continuation’ contains 31 letters written through 1695. (Bullard, 53-55)

 

Item number: #5126

Price: $750

 

JONES, David

 

A continuation of the secret history of White-hall from the abdication of the late K. James in 1688 to the year 1696 : writ at the request of a noble lord … : the whole consisting of secret memoirs … : published from the original papers : together with The tragical history of the Stuarts …

 

London : Printed, and are to be sold, by R. Baldwin …, MDCXCVII [1697].

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 parts in 1
    • ‘Secret History of White-Hall’
      • [14], 80
    • ‘The Tragical History of the Stuarts’
      • 392
    • References: Wing J 929; Wing J 934B; Snyder, David Jones; Arber Term Cat., III, 295; Bullard, Politics of Disclosure;
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
    • Size: ~7in X 4.75in (18cm x 12cm)
    • Quite rare with no other example for sale worldwide at present

 

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5126

Category

European History

Authors

JONES, David

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete