London: J. Round, 1714. hardcover. Translated from the French by Mr. [Abel] Boyer. Title page printed in red & black; a few decorative woodcut headpieces and initials throughout. [iv], 356pp. 8vo, exquisitely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full ochre crushed morocco; ornate and delicate gilt-stamped covers and spine; inner & outer dentelles, a.e.g. Housed in a two piece morocco-backed slipcase. London: for J. Round, et al., 1714. First edition in English. A very fine copy of this scarce book, in a superb binding. fine.
Philibert, le Comte de Grammont (1621-1707) was an infamous libertine and scoundrel. After Louis XIV exiled hime from France (for certain amorous transgressions) he found himself at large in the English Court of Charles II. Towards the end of his life he regaled Count Anthony Hamilton with tales of his various escapades and scandals. Hamilton used this material as the basis for these alleged memoirs. The book was highly entertaining, well-written, and had enormous popularity in its day.