An Early English Translation
ROCOLES, Jean Baptiste de. The Lives and Actions of Several Notorious Counterfeits. Who from the most Abject, and Meanest of the People, have Usurped the Titles of Emperors, Kings, and Princes. Containing the History of Twelve Infamous Impostors. Viz. 1. The false Smerdis, only brother of Cambyses King of Persia, and of the Medes. 2. The false Nero. 3. The false Messias, called Benchochab leader of the revolted Jews. 4. The counterfeit Moses. 5. John Bulcold, King of the Anabapists. 6. The false Clotaire, called Gondoald. 7. The Counterfeit Baldwin, Earl of Flanders. 8. The counterfeit Don Sebastian, King of Portugal. 9. The counterfeit Voldomar, Elector, and Marquess of Brandenburgh. 10. The false Mustapha, son of Bajazet, (the first of that name) Emperor of the Turks. 11. James Heraclides, the false Despot of Moldavia, and Wallachia. 12. Perkin Warbeck, or the counterfeit Duke of York. Written by the Sr. J.B. de Rocoles. Historigrapher of France and Brandenburgh. And now done into English. London: William Whitwood , 1686.
Early English edition. A translation of Les Imposteurs Insignes. Octavo (6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 167 x 105 mm). [16], 180, [4, publisher's advertisments] pp. With an engraved frontispiece containing 12 medallion portraits of the 12 men whose are named in the title. A reissue, and cancel title page, of the 1683 edition which has title: The history of infamous impostors. Or, The lives & actions of several notorious counterfeits (Wing R1766). With 2 final advertisement leaves. We could only find one copy of this at auction in the last 50 years, and no copy of the 1683 edition in the last 50 years.

Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked to style. Calf spine label, lettered in gilt. Boards a bit rubbed. Some toning and foxing to leaves. Overall a very good copy.

ESTC R13877 .

HBS # 67979 $1,850