Marie Antoinette - Pierre de Nolhac 1905 - Arthur L. Humphreys, London An elegantly art-nouveau style bound, seminal biography, printed on ‘Arnold’ water marked, unbleached hand laid paper, reprinted from the first English translation of 1898.

Onetime curator of the Palace of Versailles, Pierre de Nolhac (1859-1936) is remembered for his creation of the museum there, for the restoration of the gardens, and, by way of his publications, ‘for bringing back to life the spirit of the former glories of the royal residence’ (Arthur Griggs). In this biography of Marie Antoinette, Nolhac tells the story of a Queen, but also the story of a woman. ‘
She seemed born to please the national taste’, he writes, ‘brilliant, lively, witty, fond of pleasure and festivity, with all her husband's goodness and a special grace of her own’.
  Provenance: Contemporary gift inscription dated Xmas 1905.

Octavo (binding size 21.8 x 15.5 cm) pp. [6] vii [1] 268 [6].
  Bound for Hatchards of Piccadilly in vegetable tanned full grain calf, spine lettered and tooled in gilt, multiple gilt filet borders and panels to boards, front board with gilt lettering, single and triple gilt fillets to edges and turn-ins, grey endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Fine in very good binding, some light scratching and small moisture mark to lower corner of front board, both of which this full grain vegetable tanned leather is prone.   Ref: 109348   Price: HK$ 5,500