FRENCH REVOLUTIONASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE.
JOURNAL OF A MEMBER FROM THE DAUPHINE.
Autograph Manuscript in French, 57 pp, recto and verso, legal folio and 8vo, Versailles, May 19 to July 18, 1789, being a journal kept by either a member of the Assemblée nationale or an attendant, first 3 leaves with ink annotations in a modern hand, water damage and mildewing throughout especially at upper right corners, with some loss particularly to final leaves. Extremely fragile.
Contains a first person account of the revolutionary events from May 19, when the clergy, nobility and third estate were negotiating amongst themselves how the French political body should be constructed. It contains a detailed account of current political debate, and includes transcripts of letters from the King and other diplomats as well as a first person account of events. The narrative covers the adoption of the idea of a National Assembly, the King's attempt to dissolve the assembly, and the Assembly's "tennis court oath." It closes on July 18 with news from Paris of the storming of the Bastille a few days earlier.
It is difficult to pinpoint the author of this manuscript. Remarks throughout indicate that the author has ties to the Dauphine region; he attends the meeting of Dauphine committee and mentions the town Nyons several times. However, an apparent signature on p 34 does not seem to match that of any of the members from that region. Nonetheless, this manuscript represents a rare, first-hand account of the birth of the French Revolution.