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The history of the castle of the Bastille, a strong and celebrated structure, made use of for the confinement of French state-prisoners [...]

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Joseph-Marie Brossays du Perray


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Turner, Robert

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Historical remarks on the castle of the Bastille, with curious and entertaining anecdotes of that fortress, &c. &c. From the French. The second edition, considerably enlarged translation has paratext has other edition

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The French source text is from 1774. It has first been translated into English in the initiative of prison reformer John Howard in 1780. The present booklet is a re-edition (possibly pirated) of the second translation, published in 1789. It is extended with a short chapter on the history of the French Revolution. The anonymous author expresses the hope that liberty may prevail in every country. Also added are two sensational engravings showing the siege of the Bastille and the liberation of the prisoners (copied, as are parts of the new chapter, from a similar pamphlet entitled Tyranny Annihilated). On title page: 'price six-pence'.