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Two volumes. 8vo. cxxvii, 309; ix, 460 pp. 30 photogravure plates with tissue overlays, additional engraved decorative title plates with tissue overlay, index; some leaves roughly opened or with occasional marginal tears, browning. Original half decorative gilt-stamped maroon morocco with five raised spine bands over pale wine cloth, marbled endpapers, t.e.g., for Brentano's, NY; extremities rubbed, corners slightly showing. Very good. Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan (1752-1822) was a French educator, writer and lady-in-waiting in the service of Marie Antoinette before and during the French Revolution. She was afterwards headmistress of the first "Maison d'education de la Legion d'honneur", as appointed by Napoleon in 1807. Full of gossip: [The Queen's] "modesty. In every particular of her private toilet, was extreme; she bathed in a long flannel gown buttoned up to the neck; and, while her two bathing women assisted her out of the bath, she required one of them to hold a cloth before her, raised so that her attendants might not see her. And yet one Soulavie has dared, in the first volume of a most scandalous work, to say that the Queen was disgustingly immodest; that she was accustomed to bathe naked, and that she had even given admittance to a venerable ecclesiastic while in that state."
Title: Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette, to which are added personal recollections illustrative of the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, XVI . . . With a memoir of Madame Campan by F. Barriere. New edition revised by F.M. Graves, with an introduction and notes by J. Holland Rose. [2 volumes].
Publisher: New York:, Brentano's, (1917).: 1917
lbs: 5.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1924