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The secret history of the court of Berlin; or the character of the present king of Prussia, his ministers, mistresses, generals, courtiers, favourites, and the royal family of Prussia.

MIRABEAU, Count [Gabriel de Riquetti]

Published by P. Byrne, Dublin, 1789
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Contemporary calf, spine and edges lightly worn; generally an excellent copy with a contemporary signature of Juliana Pratt dated 1843 on title. . First edition, a variant of a two-volume work published in London, with few copies located in America. We do not know the priority of this Irish edition. After a preliminary trip to Berlin in early 1786, Mirabeau was dispatched that July on a mission to the royal court of Prussia. Returning in January, he published a full account in his Secret History of the Court of Berlin (1787). This account denounced the Prussian court as scandalous and corrupt, described the King of Prussia as weak and overly emotional, and labeled Prince Henry of Prussia, brother of Frederick the Great and a guest of the French court, as narrow-minded and incompetent. The resulting uproar was an extreme embarrassment for the French government, which quickly censored the book but could not prevent its widespread notoriety. Mirabeau's episode provided inspiration to many more radical publishers who came to regard him as a leader of the coming revolution.Even Thomas Jefferson, who was serving as the United States Minister to France during this period, wrote to Mirabeau, complimenting his "writings and talents," and provided him with materials that Jefferson wanted Mirabeau to use in future publications. Bookseller Inventory # 14145

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Title: The secret history of the court of Berlin; ...

Publisher: P. Byrne, Dublin

Publication Date: 1789


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