'The d'Antraigues Phenomenon' charts the life of Emmanuel Henri Louis Alexandre de Launay, the Comte d'Antraigues, who, in 1790, abandoned the revolutionary cause in France, fled to Switzerland and placed himself at the service of the Royalist cause. Despite the caution of the French court in exile, he was soon the focal point of the counter-revolutionary espionage and intelligence network, receiving, re-writing, altering and sending out bulletins to Spain, Russia, England and Louis XVIII. The book describes the mentality of the exile, as well as the powers of survival against great odds despite melancholy and solitude. Through d'Antraigues unpublished memoirs, novels and letters, the inner tensions and conflict of this man - regarded as an authentic aristocratic terrorist - are revealed.
This first edition copy is in relatively good condition for its age. Despite the mild wear visible on the hardcover and head/tail of the spine, the page block remains clean, and the interior pages are bright and unmarked.
An educated and analytical account of one of the most enigmatic figures of the 18th century.