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Escaping from the penal colonies of Guiana

RAMEL, Jean-Pierre.
Dagverhaal der lotgevallen van Pichegru, Barthelemy, Villot, Aubry, Dossonville, Le Tellier, La Rue en Ramel, uitgebannen uit Frankrijk naar Guijane, na den 18 fructidor (4 septr. 1797.).
Utrecht, G.T. van Paddenburg and son, 1799. 8vo. Original publisher's printed paper board wrappers.
€ 1,750
First edition of the Dutch translation of Ramel's account describing his escape from the penal colonies in Guiana. Jean-Pierre Ramel (1768-1815), officer in the French revolutionary army, was accused of royalist sympathies and consequently deported to the penal colonies in 1797, together with Jean-Charles Pichegru, François-Marie Barthelemy, François Aubry, Jean-Baptiste Dossonville, and others. In 1798, during a long and exhausting night, the prisoners managed to escape to Paramaribo, Surinam, from where they travelled back to Europe. In 1799 Ramel was given permission to return to France, where he served in the army under Rochambeau. After the Bourbon Restoration, he received the order of Saint Louis and was made "maréchal de camp". During the Second Restoration, however, Ramel was suspected of being loyal to Napoleon, which led to his assassination by reactionaries in 1815.
Slightly browned with some occasional foxing. Spine slightly worn and discoloured. A very good copy, wholly untrimmed and in the original publisher's printed paper board wrappers.
Muller, America 344; Sabin 67626; WorldCat (7 copies).
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