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 THE SECRET HISTORY OF WHITE-HALL From The Restoration Of Charles II Down To The Abdication Of The Late K. James.

Writ At The Request Of A Noble Lord, And Conveyed To Him In Letters, by ___ Late Secretary-Interpreter To The Marquess Of Loucois, Who By That Means Had The Perusal Of All The Private Minutes Between England And France For Many Years.

The Whole Consisting Of Secret Memoirs Whch Have Hitherto Lain Conceal’d, As Not Being Discoverable By Any Other Hand.


First edition. Octavo (168 x 108mm). [14, of 16], 80, 80, 80, 64, 80, 100, [2], wanting first blank, final blank present. Bound in early calf, five raised bands and six gilt compartments to spine. Red title label lettered gilt.


Extensively annotated by an early reader to the front and rear pastedowns, and title page. The annotations to the front pastedown are headed “Summer-house book under the Prodigal. The Secret Historie of Whitehall”, and the remainder is a poetic diatribe against King Charles II:

“The greatest tytle is an honest King

But secret Books are write of noe such thing

Our secound Charles had wit and complasance

His cunninge fail’d or we’ve been slaves to France

The aid he ggave by sea and Land shews guilt.

Then Charles not Louis all this blood hath spilt.

Ungrateful Rake was thy returne for this.”


The annotation to the rear pastedown is a longer summary of the book beginning,

“A full account in a few words of our base kings the Stewarts...”.


The same hand has added the word “Rakes” to the title page, amending the title to, “From the Rakes Restoration...”.


A very good copy, the binding rather rubbed and worn with some some cracks to the joints, but holding firm. Generally fresh internally.


PROVENANCE: Early ownership inscription of one R. G. Gordon to title page (in seemingly a different hand to the other annotations); Henry Fanshawe Davies of Elmley Castle (1837-1914), his armorial bookplate to front free endpaper.

The Secret History Of White-Hall

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  • Author

    David Jones

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    London: Printed, And Are To Be Sold By R. Baldwin Near The Oxford-Arms Inn in Warwick-Lane,

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