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The Life of Jane de St Remy de Valois Hertofore Countess de La Motte

By Jane de St Remy/Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Remy

1791

J Bew : London

8.5" by 6"

xv, [1], 451pp; 424pp, 63pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition of this memoir regarding the notorious illegitimate descendant of Henry II of France and thief, who played a key role in the 'Affair of the Diamond Necklace', a significant scandal that contributed to the French Revolution.

With a portrait frontispiece to volume I. A very scarce edition of this work, particularly in such a well-restored condition. ESTC No. T142583. Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Remy, the Contesse de la Motte was a descendant of the Valois royal family through an illegitimate son of Henry II. She is best known for her role in duping the Cardinal de Rohan into purchasing a necklace that held the value of 2,000,000 livres for Queen Marie Antoinette, who had no involvement in the plan. Jeanne pretended that she had a good relationship with the Queen and convinced Rohan that he was in private communications with the Queen. Rohan asked Jeanne to arrange a meeting and therefore met a prostitute by the name of Nicole Leguay d'Olivia who posed as the Queen during the meeting. Jeanne told Rohan that Marie Antoinette wished to purchase the necklace but did not want to purchase an expensive item whilst the country was in need and so wished Rohan to be an intermediary. de La Motte's husband, the forger of the letters, posed as a valet of the Queen and collected the necklace, which was then taken to London to be separated and the large diamonds to be sold separately. This work is a biography of the central figure of this scandal, Jane de St Remy and discusses her early life, her role in the court, the necklace scandal and the repercussions following her arrest. There is also an address to the national assembly supplicating a new trial. A truly fascinating account of this scandal, which resulted in further public disfavour regarding the monarchy, despite Marie Antoinette not having a direct involvement with the robbery.

CONDITION

In full tree calf bindings. Rebacked with the original boards preserved. Externally, smart with just some minor rubbing to the extremities. Repairs to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with the occasional light scattered spot, heavier to the first and last few pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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