Lot 21
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[Cinq-Mars, Marquis de]

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[Drop title:] Particularitez remarquees en la mort de Messieurs de Cinq Mars, & de Thou è Lyon, le Vendredy 12 September 1642. [Lyon?: n.p., 1643]

4to (8 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.; 215 x 158 mm). Decorative woodcut initial, extra-illustrated with an engraved portrait by Daret after A.H., and a folding engraved view of the château de Pierre-Encize near Lyon by Israel; a few marginal spots, light soiling and browning. Old limp vellum, modern ms. title; spine mended.



 

Provenance

Henri Burton (bookplate)

Literature

See Catalogue Général des Mss. des Bibl. Publ. de France, Départements -  t. 30 Lyon (1900), no. 499

Catalogue Note

Anonymous and highly sceptical account of the legal proceedings against Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis de Cinq Mars (1620-1642) and François Auguste de Thou (1607-1642), who were beheaded 30 September 1642 for their roles in the last of many conspiracies against Cardinal Richelieu. Their aim was to enlist the aid of the Spanish army in the capture or assassination of the Cardinal and an army of 18,000 was amassed at the northeast border of France, but secret correspondence was intercepted and the two were captured and imprisoned in the chateau of Pierre- Encise at Lyon (later to imprison the Marquis de Sade).

Copies of this account exist with and without an additional title: Histoire veritable de tout ce qui s'est fait et passe dans la ville de Lyon, en la mort de Messieurs de Cinq-Mars et de Thou (n.p., 1643). The work is attributed to François de Barancy (1597-1653).

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