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Ker, John.

Published by London Format: VIII VIII [2] VI 180 [4] S Moderner Pappband mit Buntpapierbezug

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From: Antiquariat ABATON oHG (München, Germany)

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Item Description: London Format: VIII VIII [2] VI 180 [4] S Moderner Pappband mit Buntpapierbezug. *** Im Jahr nach der Erstausgabe (1726) erschienener erster Teil von John Kers aufsehenerregenden, sensationellen Lebenserinnerungen. Ker stand als Spion sowohl auf der Gehaltsliste der Regierung als auch der Jacobiter. Seine Memoiren verfasste er schließlich im Schuldgefängnis; sie wurden durch den berüchtigten Edmund Curll veröffentlicht. Der jedoch bestritt diese gewagte Tat nach Kers Entlassung. "Containing his [Ker's] Secret Transactions and Negotiations in Scotland, England, the Courts of Vienna, Hanover, and other Foreign Parts with an account of the Rise and Progress of the Ostend Company and the Austrian Netherlands. Published by himself" (Titel), darunter das Motto "We should not regard any of our Fellow-Subjeects as Whigs or Tories: But should make the Man of Merit our Friend, and the Villain our Enemy. Addison’s Spect. No. 125". Nur ganz vereinzelt minimal fleckig, schönes Exemplar. Vgl. Graesse IV, 13. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION: Hardly stained copy, very well preserved in modern stiff boards. Teil I (von 3) in 1 Band. Third edition. Bookseller Inventory # N108

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KER, John (1673-1726)

Published by printed [for Henry Curll], London (1726)

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Item Description: printed [for Henry Curll], London, 1726. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo (198 x 120mm). xi, [1], iv, 180pp, [4], with two final leaves of index and errata; Page of advertisements begins ‘Books printed for Henry Curll in the Strand’, changed in later issues, p.176 misnumbered 671. Engraved woodcut vignette of a pastoral scene over dedication to Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The verso of the first leaf bears a royal license dated July 1707 declaring: ‘Whereas, we are fully sensible of the Fidelity and Loyalty of John Ker, of Kersland Esq; and of the services he hath performed to Us, and our Government: We therefore grant him this our Royal Leave and Licence, to keep Company and Associate himself with such as are disaffected to Us and Our Government, in such Way or Manner as he shall judge most of our Service.’ 18th-century full paneled calf, spine with morocco lettering label "Ker’s Memoirs"; (small uniform tear to upper margins on i-iv; spine renewed at head and tail; joints starting). Unknown library stamp shelf mark and unidentified contemporary bookplate "J.L." Ownership signature "M.A.Thomson" to front free endpaper. First Edition. Part one of the Memoirs, which were subsequently published in an extended form from 1726-1727. John Ker was a government agent and Scottish spy during the Jacobite risings; active in the British Isles and abroad. John Ker, distrusted by his contemporaries, died in debtor’s prison but not before he sold to Edmund Curll the bookseller, a fellow-prisoner incarcerated for obscene publication, his unpublished materials for the Memoirs of John Ker of Kersland. In his memoirs, Ker attempted to justify his actions, and immediately rejects any notion that he was motivated by money. He reveals the shadier side of politics and diplomacy. For example, in 1713 he was sent on a private mission to the Emperor of Austria, in anticipation of employing buccaneers to stalk the trade between France and Spain. Edmund Curll subsequently, and infamously, published Ker’s memoirs in 1726 in three parts, the last of which appeared after soon after Ker’s death in July 1726. For issuing the first part of the Memoirs, which purportedly made disclosures damaging to the government, Curll was sentenced to the pillory at Charing Cross. In self-justification, Curll described himself as vindicating the memory of Queen Anne, and he added to the third part of Ker’s Memoirs the indictment on which he had been convicted. Sabin 37600. Bookseller Inventory # D3099

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Item Description: London: 1726., 1726. 2 Volumes. 8vo. pp. xi, [1], 180, [4]; 1 p.l., vii, [1], 184, [6], 16(publisher’s catalogue). engraved frontis. portrait by Vander Gucht after Hammond & folding engraved map of Louisiana and the Mississippi (from four Great Lakes to the tip of Florida, from west of the Mississippi to the eastern end of Lake Ontario). woodcut ornaments & initials. A fine fresh copy, bound in contemporary mottled calf (light wear). First Edition of the scandalous memoirs of the political intrigues and financial schemes of the notorious Scottish spy John Ker, who sold his services to the government and the Jacobites alike. According to his own account, he was sent in 1713 on a private mission to the Emperor of Austria in connection with a plan for the employment of buccaneers to interfere with the trade of France and Spain, and he also claimed to have played a major role in securing the Hanoverian succession. Ker subsequently tried to make money out of the East India Company and then to establish a new company of commerce in the Austrian Netherlands, but his efforts failed and he died in debtor's prison on the eighth of July 1726. His memoirs, which purported to contain revelations damaging to the government, were published by Edmund Curll, who was fined and pilloried for printing the book. A third volume appeared posthumously in 1727 and is not always present, as here and in the Lande copy. Contained in the memoirs are lengthy passages relating to the rise and progress of the Ostend Company, the French possessions in Louisiana and ambitions in the Mississippi Valley, the Newfoundland fishery, and other developments of commercial importance. A folding map of the southeastern United States is also included. Not without interest is the dense 16-page catalogue of books published by Curll found at the end of Volume II (listed under the name of Edmund’s son, H[enry]). Bell K35. European Americana 726/119. Goldsmiths’ 6492. Howes K-101a. Kress 3650. Lande 485. Sabin 37600. Strauss, The Unspeakable Curll, pp. 278-79. Bookseller Inventory # elala1072

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