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Rare 17th century title from England... Surrender of Namur...
Item # 648550 THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, August, 1695 This is "The Second Edition" as noted on the title page, having been printed within two years of 1695. This is a very uncommon periodical published during the reign of King William III, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private Occurrences, Civil, Ecclesiastical, and Military, that are most considerable in every Court: The Interest of Princes, their Pretensions, and Intrigues, etc."(see).
Much of this issue is concerned with the political & military affairs of Europe & is organized into news by country or region with commentary on the events. Included under: "Advice from England, the Low Countries, and Holland" is much reporting on a naval battle (see). Also of significance is: "The King of England's Letter to the States, upon the Surrender of the City of Namur [Southern Belgium], Dated Aug. 4, 1695" which is followed by the: "Articles of Capitulation Demanded by the French for the Surrender of the Town of Namur; with what was Granted them thereupon." which takes nearly 7 pages. The siege of Namur was a significant battle in the "Nine Years' War" between the French & a coalition of European powers. Near the back is: "Reflections upon the Advice from England, the Low Countries and Holland" which has some discussion of the siege of Namur.
A nice feature of this periodical is the full title page which includes the date. The back page has some advertisements. Measures 6 1/4 by 7 1/2 inches, 36 pages, and is in very nice condition with scattered foxing.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's