Discours Du Siege De Rouen. Guillaume. 154?-1601 VALDORY.
Discours Du Siege De Rouen.
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Discours Du Siege De Rouen.

Rouen, R. L’Allemant [1592].

Half-sheet 8vo. [8], 149 [r. 145], [3] leaves and A LARGE WOODCUT FOLDING MAP OF THE TWO SETS OF FORTIFICATIONS ON MONT SAINTE CATHERINE WITH THE LETTERPRESS KEY ON THE LEFT SIDE (325 x 426 mm.).

Gilt brown morocco in the 17th-century style with corner volutes and a large central ornament of partly pointillé volutes (Bauzonnet-Trautz), spine and lettering gilt, turn-ins gilt, edges gilt over marbling, parti-colored silk marker.

FIRST EDITION, AN EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT BY ONE OF THE LEADING LOCAL MILITARY COMMANDERS OF THE SIX-MONTH SIEGE OF ROUEN — COMPLETE WITH THE FOLDING MAP. Beginning his narrative in July of 1591, Captain Valdory records every officer and the sections of the town walls under the jurisdiction of each. He notes every military action, day-by-day and hour-by-hour, from the commencement of the siege in December of 1591 until Henri IV’s Protestant forces — English, Dutch, German and French — departed in late April of 1592 with the arrival of Spanish troops. He gives a synopsis of the initial negotiations between the Catholic townsmen and the royalists and the Earl of Essex’s offer to settle the conflict through individual combat (the exchange of letters given in full).
            As the bodies begin to pile up, Valdory recounts night raids, bombardment, sapping, infection, day sorties, hostage and prize-taking, pitched battles and naval action on the Seine. He renders the deaths of his own soldiers in graphic detail, apparently to honor and memorialize them. He recounts the townsmen’s ruse of dressing as women to catch the enemy off guard as well as lucky long-gun shots on both sides. I have identified one example in the U.S. A fine copy, from the libraries of Mme. Marie de Merval (late 19th- or early 20th-century) and Bruno Monnier.
¶Hauser, Les Sources de l’histoire de France: XVIe siècle 3007; Lelong, Bibliothèque historique de la France 19358; Cioranesco 21555; Brunet V: 1033 “rare”.

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