The Secret Correspondence of Madame De Maintenon, with the Princess Des Ursins: From the Original Manuscripts in the Possession of The Duke De Choiseul, in Three Volumes

De Maintenon, Marquise (Frances D'Aubigne)

Published by George B. Wittaker, Ave Maria Lane, London, 1827
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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2 engraved frontspiece portraits. Three-quarter dark blue morocco, marbled boards and matching endpapers, t.e.g., others uncut. Five raised bands, elaborate tooling in the compartments. Armorial bookplates of Viscount Birkenhead (Frederick Edwin Smith): First Earl of Birkenhead, brilliant orator and wit, he was Lord Chancellor of England (1919) and also Secretary of State for India (1824-8). Birkenhead was created an earl for his part in the Irish settlement in 1921. "Le Roi Soleil" and "Le Grand Monarque," Louis XIV (King of France 1643-1715), builder of the Palace of Versaille, after the death of his queen, Marie Therese of Austria, married Madam de Maintenon morganatically (1684). She had an important part in bringing him to his religious devotion of his later years, after a life of pomp and extravagence. Louis XIV's reign marked the apogee of the monarchial idea in politics and was the golden age for the arts. Mme de Maintenon was the last of his mistresses, whom he married secretly when she was in her fiftieth year and he in his forty-seventh. In acetate wraps. Bookseller Inventory # 010810

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Title: The Secret Correspondence of Madame De ...

Publisher: George B. Wittaker, Ave Maria Lane, London

Publication Date: 1827

Binding: Three-Quarter Leather

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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