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MORRES, Hervey Montmorency. . Genealogical Memoir of the Family of Montmorency, styled De Marisco or Morres; ancient Lords de Marisco and de Montemarisco, in the Peerage of England and Ireland—most respectfully addressed to His Majesty Louis XVIII, King of France and Navarre …
Paris, Printed by J.R. Plassan. 1817.  
4to (255 × 196 mm), pp. [4], 75, [5], xxxvi, [2], ccclxiii, [3]; with 25 etched plates, title vignette, and a few engraved coats-of-arms and shoulder notes in the text; early (authorial?) ms. ink corrections to pp. 31 and ccclv; unobtrusive stain in the gutter towards the end, some light offsetting and spotting in places, but still a very good copy, with generous margins, in later quarter calf and marbled boards, red calf label to spine; Dampierre bookplate.
First and only edition, rare, this copy inscribed ‘Pour Madame la Duchesse de Luynes née de Montmorency-Laval avec respecteuses hommages de l’auteur. Paris le 15 Decembre 1817’, with a long list of vocabulary notes (for the duchess?) written underneath.

Hervey Montmorency Morres (1767–1839) was a career soldier from Tipperary who set off, still a teenager, to fight with the Austrians first against the Turks, then the French. He returned to Ireland, with a German bride, in 1795, and joined the United Irishmen, finally fleeing to Hamburg in 1798, where he was arrested. On his release three years later he went back to Ireland, via France, whither he was persuaded to return to active service as a colonel in the French army in 1812.

After the defeat of Napoleon, and unsuccessful attempts to win a commission in the British army, Morres became a French citizen. ‘With the restoration of the French monarch he was anxious to associate himself with the noble family of Montmorency in France. To prove his case he spent time compiling a genealogical memoir’, and obviously presented copies of it to members of the family, ‘but the evidence he provided was ignored by the French Montmorencys’ (Oxford DNB).

Plassan brought out what appears to be a French version (or at least a book based on the earlier English researches), Les Montmorency de France et les Montmorency d’Irlande, in 1828.
COPAC and WorldCat locate 6 copies only (BnF, BL, Polish Union Cat., Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, V&A, Bodley).
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