Paris: Chez Giguet, 1801.
First edition printed from the original manuscript. Depuis son origine jusqu'ê la retraite du Duc de Brunswick; Imprimés sur le manuscrit original revu et corrigé par l'auteur, peu de tems avant sa mort augmenté de notes et pièces essentielles qui ne se trouvent pas dans l'édition anglaise. Engraved frontispiece portrait. 2 vols. 12mo. Contemporary sprinkled calf, richly gilt spines with black leather labels, marbled endpapers. Upper joints starting but sound, corner a little rubbed, else very good. Item #25262
Bouillé was a French general who served in the West Indies and distinguished himself as a commander of French forces in the American Revolution; he was the cousin of La Fayette. He was also Lieutenant-General of the Royal forces in the days of the French Revolution, and remained loyal to the King, playing a major role in the plan for Louis XVI's escape which ended in the King's arrest at Varennes. Bouillé escaped to England where he supported the royalist cause, and where he died in 1800.
These Memoires were first published in London in 1794 in translation; they were then re-translated from the English into French and published there in 1798. According the publisher of this edition, Bouillé's family, which consigned the original manuscript to him, claims that the English translation was faulty, filled with errors, incomplete, and disavowed by Bouillé himself.
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