One of Only 100 "Exemplaires de Grand Choix" and With Two Original Pencil Drawings[Marie Antionette]. Madame [Jeanne Louise Henriette] Campan. Memoires de Madame Campan Sur la Vie Privee de Marie-Antoinette. Paris: L. Carteret, 1910. Limited deluxe edition in French of this biography of Marie Antoinette, number 13 of only 100 "exemplaires de grand choix" on paper velin du Marais. Two octavo volumes. Illustrated with sixty-three plates after Lalauze engraved by Leon Boisson, all in triple-suite and including the etchings before letters, along with two additional original pencil drawings bound in at the rear of Volume II. Sumptuous later full straight-grain red morocco by renowned French bookbinders Chambolle-Duru, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and covers, raised bands, watered silk endpapers. All edges gilt. Original wrappers bound in. Housed in a custom slipcase. Very minimal foxing to the original drawings. Otherwise, a gorgeous set in fine condition. From a private collection from New Orleans.
A primary source of information on the life of Marie Antoinette, Madame Campan's memoirs were first published in France and England in 1823. Campan, "a gifted and exceptionally well-educated woman, was reader to Louis XV's daughters, then a devoted lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette," whom she served until shortly before the queen's execution (Reid, 85). This edition features a preface by Rene Vallery-Radot. Text in French. See Lowndes, 360.
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