Memoires de Sully, Principal Ministre de Henri-Le-Grand.
Sully, Maximilien de Bethune, Baron de Rosny, Duc de.
Item Number: 2676
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien., 1788.
Octavo, 6 volumes. Two frontis engravings. In very good condition.
Maximilien de Béthune was a French minister, who assisted Henry IV in the rule of France. He left a collection of memoirs written in the second person very valuable for the history of the time and as an autobiography, in spite of the fact that they contain many fictions, such as a mission undertaken by Sully to Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1601. Perhaps among his most famous works was the idea of a Europe composed of 15 roughly equal states, under the direction of a "Very Christian Council of Europe", charged with resolving differences and disposing of a common army. This famous "Grand Design," a utopian plan for a Christian republic, is often cited as one of the first grand plans and ancestors for the European Union.