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TRENCK, Baron Frederic : trans Thomas Holcroft. The Life Of Baron Frederic Trenck : translated from the German. Containing his adventures, his cruel & excessive sufferings during ten years imprisonment etc. Second Edition. , Robinson 1789.

3 vols, contemporary tree calf gilt, morocco numbering labels. Slight wear & unobtrusively lacking title labels. Bound without half-titles : text with a few short tears, slight soiling of some first & last leaves. With engraved portrait of Trenck elegantly posed in chains in a gloomy dungeon [but bound without the prelim Explanation Of Plate leaf]. Very good firm & attractive copy in original binding. Scarce 2nd Edition : not listed by Colby : not in British Library or NUC. Famous autobiography: drawn on by William Godwin for his novel Things As They Are. Trenck 1726-94, celebrated Austrian military adventurer imprisoned for his affair with the sister of Frederick II of Prussia : his attempts at escape were of 'incredible audacity'. He moved to Paris to spectate the French Revolution : having lived through the Terror, he was denounced as an Austrian spy & guillotined. 'One of Holcroft's most successful translations' [Colby]. Colby lists Holcroft's 1788 1st Edition, also the 3rd & various other editions, but not this 2nd Edition : and no copy in BL or NUC. See Blakey listing only 4th Ed Minerva 1817. See 18thcSTC listing only Cambridge & London copies. (Book ref. 2187 )  £ 225.00

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