1959 Daughter of France
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
The first edition, third impression of this work, published in December 1959. The first impression was published in April 1959, the second in May 1959.
In the original unclipped dustwrapper.
Vita Sackville-West's biography on the life of Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans, the Duchesse de Montpensier.
Montpensier, also known as 'La Grande Mademoiselle', was the greatest heiress in history, the only daughter of Gaston d'Orleans and Marie de Bourbon. Though she was faced with a string of prestigious proposal, including from Charles II of England, Montpensier declined them all, instead wishing to marry a lower courtier. Her cousin, Louis XIV, refused this engagement, resulting in a scandal at court. As a result, Montpensier died unmarried and childless.
Illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding genealogical table to the rear, and sixteen plates.
Written by the noted Bloomsbury author Vita Sackville-West, well known today for her friendship and relationship with fellow author, Virginia Woolf. Sackville-West provided the inspiration for Woolf's beloved novel 'Orlando'. Sackville-West was also a noted garden designer at her house Sissinghurst, the garden of which is still celebrated today.
In the original publisher's cloth binding, in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, smart. Minor bumping to the spine and extremities. Dustwrapper is a little edge worn, with some chips and closed tears, including a larger chip to the tail of the spine. Light sunning and marks to the wraps. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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