État présent du Royaume de Portugal, en l’année MDCCLXVI.
Lausanne, chez François Grasset & Comp., 1775.
12mo. XVI, 304 pp. Near contemporary vellum over boards. A good copy apart from a small ink spot on p. 291/292.
First edition. Dumouriez, then an officer in the French army, spent a year in Portugal in 1766 as a political observer for the French. This interesting, candid and detailed description of the country appeared without the author's consent. It provoked strong protests from the Portuguese court, owing to the confidential and controversial information it gave about Portugal, Brazil and other colonies, matters which were at that time rigorously censured. Dumouriez was later to command the French forces in 1792 against the Belgians and the Austrians, then to intrigue against Napoleon, and to act as military adviser to the English in the Napoleonic wars. An English translation appeared in 1797.
Welsh 1224. Not in Borba de Moraes.