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1 Cooper, Duff. TALLEYRAND.
London Jonathan Cape 1964 
399pp, frontis. 3 plates, fine in dj. A masterpiece, often held up as an example of what political biography should be. I have always loved the following passage, referring to the European reaction to Napoleon's deposition of the Spanish Bourbons at Bayonne: 'Talleyrand...told Napoleon that he had lost more than he had gained by this policy, and when he was bidden to explain himself he did so by an apology: 'If a gentleman commits follies,' he said, 'if he keeps mistresses, if he treats his wife badly, even if he is guilty of serious injustices towards his friends, he will be blamed, no doubt, but if he is rich, powerful, and intelligent, society will treat him with indulgence. But if that man cheats at cards he will be immediately banished from polite society and never forgiven.' ... At Bayonne, Napoleon had committed the unforgivable crime. He had cheated at cards.' A great read.

 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Cooper, Duff. TALLEYRAND.
London Jonathan Cape 1937 Fifteenth Printing 
399pp, frontis, vg- cloth, lower spine edge bumped-a perfectly good reading copy. A masterpiece, often held up as an example of what political biography should be. I have always loved the following passage, referring to the European reaction to Napoleon's deposition of the Spanish Bourbons at Bayonne: 'Talleyrand...told Napoleon that he had lost more than he had gained by this policy, and when he was bidden to explain himself he did so by an apology: 'If a gentleman commits follies,' he said, 'if he keeps mistresses, if he treats his wife badly, even if he is guilty of serious injustices towards his friends, he will be blamed, no doubt, but if he is rich, powerful, and intelligent, society will treat him with indulgence. But if that man cheats at cards he will be immediately banished from polite society and never forgiven.' ... At Bayonne, Napoleon had committed the unforgivable crime. He had cheated at cards.' A great read.

 
Price: 40.00 USD
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