The Private Life of Marie Antoinette

Queen of France and Navarre with Sketches and Anecdotes of the Courts of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI

CAMPAN, Jeanne Louise Henriettte

CAMPAN, Jeanne Louise Henriettte The Private Life of Marie Antoinette Queen of France and Navarre with Sketches and Anecdotes of the Courts of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI

Richard Bentley and Son, 1883.

New and revised edition. 2 vols. Finely bound in full red morocco by Bickers, with raised bands to the spine, gilt lettering and decoration to the sections, gilt rules to the boards and elaborate gilt dentelles. Top edge gilt. Red silk page marker present. Sixteen steel engraved illustrations. A handsome set, slight rubbing to the edges. Bookplate of Sir Frederick Richmond to the pastedown of both volumes.

Henriette Campan was the Première Femme de Chambre (First Maid of the Chamber) to Marie Antoinette, with daily intimate contact with the queen. Her memoirs detail life at the French court, its rituals, etiquette, personages and politics, the French Revolution, the fall of the House of Bourbon, and the deaths of the king and queen. Originally published in English in 1823, this edition adds notes from works published subsequent to the first edition which "throw a new light on many of the circumstances narrated by Madame Campan". "Portraits of some of the personages referred to in the work have been added to the present edition." [Publisher's note]

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