Item 5 - Copies of letters relating to the early career of Jean-Paul Marat

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Crewe MS/5


Copies of letters relating to the early career of Jean-Paul Marat


  • 1784? (Creation)

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1 volume (40 x 25 cm), containing 29 leaves. Folios 2–27 are documents bound into the book; f. 1 is a leaf of a later date with a print pasted on the verso. Half-bound in red leather and red cloth.

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Despite the title on the spine, the main item in the book is not an original letter of Marat’s but a transcript made by or for Roume de Saint Laurent. The contents were acquired by Lord Houghton before 1863 or 1864, when they were printed by the Philobiblon Society. The binder’s stamp of White, 23 Pall Mall, is on the back of the front free endpaper. The armorial bookplate of Robert, Earl of Crewe, is pasted inside the volume and his heraldic ‘garb’ is stamped on the front.

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On the spine is stamped ‘Lettre Originale de Marat 1783.’

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Foliated 1–27, with one unnumbered flyleaf at the front and another at the back.

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  • French

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Printed in Miscellanies of the Philobiblon Society, vol. viii (1863–4).

See also:
A. Birembaut, ‘Une lettre inédite de Marat à Roume’, Annales historiques de la Révolution française, vol. xxxix (1967), pp. 395–9
Jean-Paul Marat, Marat avant 1789, ed. J. De Cock (2003)

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