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Marie-Antoinette

Correspondance secrte
Entre
Marie-thrse et le cte de mercy-argenteau
Avec les lettres de Marie-thrse et de Marie-Antoinette

Introduction and notes by M. Le Chevalier Alfred D'Arneth

1874 - Paris - Librairie de Firmin Didiot Frres

9" by 6", 555pp.

 

DETAILS

A great book on Marie Antoinette in a smart binding.

A vellum hardback with gilt lettering on the spine.

Queen Marie Antoinette was born an Archduchess of Austria, and she later became Queen of France and Navarre. At fourteen, she was married to Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, the future Louis XVI. She was the mother of Louis XVII, who died in the Temple Tower while at the age of ten during the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette is best remembered for her legendary (some modern historians say exaggerated) excesses and for her death: she was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution in 1793 for the crime of treason. She has become one of the most famous Queens in history.

Marie-Thrse-Charlotte of France was the eldest child of King Louis XVI of France and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. As the daughter of the king, she was a Fille de France. Until her marriage to the eldest son of Charles X, the court referred to her by the traditional honorific of Madame Royale.

Once married, she assumed her husband's title and was known as the duchesse d'Angoulme. She became the Dauphine of France upon the accession of her father-in-law to the throne of France in 1824. She was Queen of France for twenty minutes, in 1830, between the time her father-in-law signed the instrument of abdication and the time her husband, reluctantly, signed the same document, twenty minutes later.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm with both covers and all internal pages attached. There is some wear to the extremities, including slight marks, bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are generally clean with some handling marks and spotting. There is an unobtrusive ink inscription on the half title page. Overall the condition of this volume is very good.

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