Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white plates; Maps; List of sources; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: The Duke de Choiseul (1719-1785) was once described by the Elder Pitt, his competitor for Empire, as the greatest minister for France since Richelieu. Yet previous studies of Choiseul, even in French, have been relatively few and limited. In this volume Butler has begun to fill a considerable gap. He presents a wide range of new information derived from many years research in archives not only in France but also in Austria, Italy, and elsewhere. Some of the fresh material comes from Choiseuls father, a little-known diplomatist. The Marquis de Stainville secretly reported soundings, long concealed, between traditional enemies, France and Austria, well before that Diplomatic Revolution of 1756 which was to condition Choiseuls statesmanship.
On the domestic side the supposedly insouciant Choiseul (then Count de Stainville) figures in close control of estate-accounts from his native Lorraine, against the social background of the later Ancien Regime. Choiseuls keen concern with the arts is brought out, as is his arduous campaigning in the War of the Austrian Succession. Marriage followed for this free-liver, and controversial favour from Madame de Pompadour during his ascent towards twelve years of preponderant power under Louis XV. The rich story of the first half of Choiseuls life (1719-1754) merits the authors full treatment in relating it to the broad currents of European development in the first half of the eighteenth century.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little sunned at the spine. Previous owners’ name and inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXV] 1133 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.