The memoirs of Joseph Fouch?, Duke of Otranto, minister of the general police of France.

Fouch?, Joseph.

Published by Charles Knight (William Clowes, pr.), London, 1825
From SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB) (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 10, 2001 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Association Member: ABAA

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 235.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 8.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

First English edition of the memoirs of France's notorious chief police officer during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era. As Minister of Police under the Directory, Joseph Fouch? (1759 or 1763?1820) was instrumental in reorganizing and centralizing the police system in France and was kept on by Napoleon until he fell out of favor in 1802. However, his network of intelligence gathering proved invaluable to Napoleon, who reinstated him in 1804 (until 1810) and again during the Hundred Days. The authenticity of these memoirs is no longer in doubt and they provide some insight into the political intrigues of the period. It's also an extremely self-serving work ? he writes on p. 2 that he never wielded his "mysterious and terrible power" except to "calm the passions, disunite factions, and prevent conspiracies." Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of the author. Two volumes bound in one. 8vo. Frontis. port., viii, 357, [3], 329, [1] pp. NSTC 2F12262, 2J13268, & 2B13609. Green cloth over boards, gilt rules and lettering to spine; cloth worn away at spine extremities and corners and splitting over front joint; preliminary pages (including frontispiece) and pp. 1?2 separated from binding. Private ownership signature at top edge of title-pages; a (different) private owner's pressure- and rubber-stamps; institutional bookplate. Off-setting to six pages from old newspaper articles or leaves laid in; old newspaper article (a review of a much later biography of Fouch?) still inserted; Inner margin of pp. 327?8 repaired, not affecting text. Spotting and staining of various sorts and a few dog-ears; not a swell copy but a perfectly serviceable one. Bookseller Inventory # 14222

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The memoirs of Joseph Fouch?, Duke of ...

Publisher: Charles Knight (William Clowes, pr.), London

Publication Date: 1825

Edition: 1st Edition

Store Description

Mail order only.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Association Member Members of these associations are committed to maintaining the highest standards. They vouch for the authenticity of all items offered for sale. They provide expert and detailed descriptions, disclose all significant defects and/or restorations, provide clear and accurate pricing, and operate with fairness and honesty during the purchase experience.
Terms of Sale:

Everything is guaranteed to be as described, everything is offered subject to prior sale, everything is sold as on approval; all prices are net, with postage, handling, and insurance extra.

Anything sent may be returned for any reason within 5 days of receipt, although
prior notice is required and the returned item must be packed according to our instructions; credit will be applied when the item has arrived back at PRB&M in the same condition as when shipped and will include postage both ways i...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Unless we are otherwise instructed, delivery in the U.S. is typically by USPS priority mail on orders $300 and under and by UPS ground service on orders over that, with overnight or second-day delivery readily arrangeable at an additional charge; shipment abroad is by USPS air mail service.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer