Book Description

An unusual dedication to William Cavendish, seventh Duke of Devonshire: 'To His Grace The Duke of Devonshire has much pleasure to offer the author October 21th 1882 Kirby S? Should a comma appear before 'to offer, the author'? Is the addition of 'Kirby' a later addition? Krasinski died in 1876. Provenance Chatsworth House.
Dealer Notes
Scarce. ' In this historical volume, first published in 1848, author H.H. Krasinski (184-1876) describes the piratical expeditions of the Cossacks in Turkey and their dangerous rebellion in Poland and Russia. Krasinski also includes interesting facts regarding Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, including a short account of her lovers and those he calls "the victims of her hatred." There are also several interesting passages on various intrigues for which she remains so infamously celebrated (from Google Books)

Gonta (living under the protection of Mladanovicz), a courtier by nature, and gifted with much acuteness of intellect, contrived to insinuate himself into the good graces of his master, the Palatine Potocki who, highly appreciating the valour and abilities of his vassal, gave him the command of his Cossack troops. He also ameliorated his condition, enabled him to contract an advantageous marriage, and placed him in the proprietary tenure of two villages for a rent almost nominal. Gonta did not at first show himself unworthy of his master's bounty, and appeared to be actuated by a devoted attachment to his benefactor. As he at all times lived in perfect harmony with Mladanovicz, to whom he confided his two sons and as the palatine's high opinion of him was daily increasing, Gonta was entrusted with the command of all the baronial or seignoral troops in the neigh bourhood and was caj oled, humoured, and flattered, as always happens in similar circumstances. Availing himself of all the advantages he enjoyed, he gained extensive in fluence and great consideration in the Ukraine and became the favourite of all the Cossacks, over whose minds he had obtained a powerful ascendancy. (from goodreads)
Author Krasinski, Count Henry
Date 1848, first edition
Binding Mauve cloth boards with embossing, bright gilt title to spine
Publisher Partridge and Oakey
Condition Fair, sunning to spine, some marking to boards, bumping, wax residue on fep, pages very clean and with occasional pencil marginall notes, text block and hinges firm.
Pages xiv, 314, [2], xv, 95, [2]

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