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Book Description

First edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 464 + 12 plates. Plates toned with some transfer to adjacent leaves (including title-page), very occasional foxing. 19th-century half calf over marbled boards, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label. Extremities and boards a bit rubbed. 19th-century memento bookplate of Capt. Gervase Petty Sleigh to front pastedown; ex-dono inscription to Joseph Walton from John Sleigh Esq. (1885); John Sleigh’s autograph to first leaf of text.
Dealer Notes
First edition of this important history of the Valdenses based on authentic documents and on the personal journey to Piedmont and other countries of the author, Charles Holte Bracebridge (1799-1872) of Atherstone Hall, Warwickshire. Among the places he visited was Schoenberg, the place of exile of the Valdenses in the early 18th century. Bracebridge also discussed the famous scarf of the pastor Henri Arnaud, probably donated to him by Vittorio Amedeo II, Duke of Savoy, saying it had been taken to Holland.
Gervase Petty Sleigh (1854-1883) was captain on HMS Flagship Regent in Siam.
Hugon-Gonnet, ‘Bibliografia Valdese’, 40.
Author (Bracebridge, Charles Holte:)
Date 1827
Publisher London: John Hatchard and Son,

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