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Biography - French Royalty and Nobility

Biography - French Royalty and Nobility

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Chamfort  -  A Biography, Arnaud, Claude
1 Arnaud, Claude Chamfort - A Biography
Chicago The University of Chicago Press 1992 0226026973 / 9780226026978 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. xxxiii + 340 pages. 6 illustrations. Translated by Deke Dusinberre. Foreword by Joseph Epstein. Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1740-1794) whom Nietzsche called 'the wittiest of all moralists', is now known for little more than brilliant aphorisms that captivated a long line of thinkers, from Stendhal to Cioranm Schopenhauer to Camus. In this captivating biography, Chamfort the libertine, playwright, journalist, and revolutionary stands revealed as the most telling emblem of his times. 
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Eugenie  -  Empress of the French, Aubry, Octave
2 Aubry, Octave Eugenie - Empress of the French
London Cobden-Sanderson 1939 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which have fading to spine and to boards. Internally there is age darkening to endpapers else clean, tight and unmarked. Translated by F. M. Atkinson. 349 pages. Portrait of the Empress to frontispiece and 8 other portraits. 
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Eugenie Empress of the French, Aubry, Octave
3 Aubry, Octave Eugenie Empress of the French
London Cobden-Sanderson 1939 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which have marks to spine and to boards. Internally there is age darkening to endpapers, dark marks ro lower edge else clean, tight and unmarked. Translated by F. M. Atkinson. 349 pages. Portrait of the Empress to frontispiece and 8 other portraits. 
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The Immortal Ninon  -  A Character Study of Ninon De L'Enclos, Austin, Cecil
4 Austin, Cecil The Immortal Ninon - A Character Study of Ninon De L'Enclos
London George Routledge 1927 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Black title on light green buckram board which has a slightly dulled spine but no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. viii + 261 pages. Portrait of Ninon to frontispiece and 7 other illustrations. Ninon De L'Enclos, the writer and courtesan, had amongst her lovers two marquises, two marshals,the great Conde, the Duke de La Rochefoucald and an abbe or two. 
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Lafayette  -  Hero of Two Worlds, Bernier, Olivier
5 Bernier, Olivier Lafayette - Hero of Two Worlds
New York E.P. Dutton 1983 0525241817 / 9780525241812 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xvii + 356 pages. 30 illustrations. First edition, first printing. This witty biography, much of which is based on previously unaccessible materials, is the first life of the Marquis de Lafayette that gives equal treatment to his American and French experiences. In the war for American Independence, the 21 year old was a stubborn, tenacious, and ultimately victorious commander, the favourite of George Washington. Returning to Paris, he was soon caught up in the 1789 Revolution, first as its champion, then as guardian of the King, finally as the only man capable of maintaining order in Paris in 1790 and 1791. Once the King fled the capital, however, Lafayette's position became untenable and he was forced to escape to Belgium, but there the right wing emigres considered him a traitor, and he was transported to Austria, where he languished in prison for years. Washington and others secured his release and return to France, but with Napoleon fearing him as a rival, he went into self-imposed exile. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Duchess Hortense  -  Cardinal Mazarin's Wanton Niece, Bevan, Bryan
6 Bevan, Bryan The Duchess Hortense - Cardinal Mazarin's Wanton Niece
London The Rubicon Press 1987 0948695072 / 9780948695070 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A new, vivid portrait of the celebrated Hortense Mancini, born in Italy, one of the most beautiful and fascinating personalities of the later 17th century. She was the favourite niece of Louis XIV's great minister, Cardinal Giulio Mazarin, and as a child the confidant of her sister Marie during her tragic affair with the young King of France. 16 illustrations. 
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The Great Days of Versailles  -  Studies from Court Life in the Later Years of Louis XIV, Bradby, G. F.
7 Bradby, G. F. The Great Days of Versailles - Studies from Court Life in the Later Years of Louis XIV
London Smith , Elder 1906 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Photogravure portrait of Louis XIV to frontispiece tissue protected and 2 other portraits. Gilt titles to front and spine on salmon pink cloth boards. Slight nick of quarter inch to spine with a touch of light wear to spine head and tail and some fading. Internally there is some foxing to endpapers and frontispiece edges and closed edges else clean and unmarked. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.84 KILO WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Mademoiselle Libertine  -  A Portrait of Ninon De Lanclos, Cohen, Edgar H.
8 Cohen, Edgar H. Mademoiselle Libertine - A Portrait of Ninon De Lanclos
London Cassell 1971 0304937304 / 9780304937301 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on brown boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has wear to edges and is price clipped. xx + 329 pages. More usually spelt Lenclos. Among her lovers were the Great Conde and the Duc de Larochefoucauld. 
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Talleyrand, Cooper, Duff
9 Cooper, Duff Talleyrand
Stockholm Ljus Förlag 1946 Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A little fading to front and a few minor marks to lower edge else a very clean, tight and unmarked copy. A Very Good + well kept copy considering its age. 399 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1st Prince de Bénévente, known since the turn of the 19th century simply by the name Talleyrand, was the most skilled French diplomat of his time. He worked under the regime of Louis XVI, through the French Revolution and then under Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Louis-Philippe. 
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Talleyrand's Successor  -  Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis Duc De Richelieu 1766-1822, Cox, Cynthia
10 Cox, Cynthia Talleyrand's Successor - Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis Duc De Richelieu 1766-1822
London Arthur Barker 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Fair 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt and black title to spine on light grey cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear with a small line of fading to top. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. 224 pages. Portrait frontispiece and 7 othe illustrations. Dustwrapper is chipped with taped repairs. Loose slip by publisher stating that the volume is sent out for review. The fifth Duc de Richelieu, who succeeded Talleyrand as Prime minister of France after the fall of Napoleon had an unusual and interesting career. Like many young nobles of his generation, he commenced his active military career in the service of Russia and later, when the French Revolution debarred him from continuing to serve his own king, he returned to Russia to serve first Catherine the Great and then Tsar Alexander I, his personal friend. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Madame Du Deffand and Her World, Craveri, Benedetta
11 Craveri, Benedetta Madame Du Deffand and Her World
Boston David R. Godine 1994 1567920012 / 9781567920017 First Edition Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. First American edition. 481 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Translated from the Italian and French by Teresa Waugh. Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697-1780) was a famous hostess and patron of the arts. Her salon members were drawn from aristocratic society more than from literary circles, but did include Voltaire, Montesquieu, Fontenelle, Madame de Staal-Delaunay, and D'Alembert. After her return to Paris, at the insistence of friends, she engaged Mademoiselle de Lespinasse to help her in entertaining, but Lespinasse was later dismissed as she had become more popular than her patron with some guests. She corresponded with Horace Walpole for fifteen years, and who visited her in Paris several times. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.94 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Four Women In Pursuit of an Ideal, Cronin, Vincent
12 Cronin, Vincent Four Women In Pursuit of an Ideal
London Collins 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Fair 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on red cloth boards which are clean and unmarked. Internally clean and unmarked. 287 pages. Portrait of Caroline De Berry to frontispiece and 20 other illustrations. Covers Caroline De Berry, Marie D'Agoult, Eve Hanska and Marie Baskirtseff. Dust jacket chipped but complete. 
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The Young Mazarin, Dethan, Georges
13 Dethan, Georges The Young Mazarin
London Thames and Hudson 1977 0500870047 / 9780500870044 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine clean, tight and unmarked copy which has a little light foxing to top edge. Translated from the French by Stanley Baron. 199 pages and 43 illustrations. The book is based on unpublished documents in France and Italy and not only provides new information on the formative years of the cardinal-minister but also deepens understanding of manners and mentalités in a specific period of European history. Mazarin's career in France after 1642 is well known, but his years in papal service - which brought him into contact with Richelieu and led to his permanent move to France - were less appreciated. 
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Eugenie and Napoleon III, Duff, David
14 Duff, David Eugenie and Napoleon III
London Collins 1978 000211237X / 9780002112376 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ copy with small inscription to half title page with dustjacket which is not price clipped. The fortunes of few royal couples have fluctuated as wildly, as improbably or as picturesquely as those of Mapoleon III and his Spanish wife, Eugenie. It was rumoured that he was not merely Bonaparte's nephew, but in fact his son. As a young man, his attempt to win France by invading it from England, in a single steamboat, led to prison and exile, and his election as President of France in 1848 was financed by one of his innumerable mistresses, a beautiful Englishwoman. Not long after, now Emperor, he courted the ravishing Eugenie de Montijo and they were married in Notre Dame Cathedral. There followed 20 glittering years of the Second Empire during which they became friends with Queen Victoria and Albert, defeated the Austrians at Solferino, rebuilt Paris, but failed to elude the trap which Bismarck was preparing for them. 26 illustrations, pictorial endpapers and a genealogical chart. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Marie Antoinette and Count Axel Fersen  -  The Untold Love Story, Farr, Evelyn
15 Farr, Evelyn Marie Antoinette and Count Axel Fersen - The Untold Love Story
London Peter Owen 1995 0720609607 / 9780720609608 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with gold title on green boards with near Fine dustjacket which is price clipped. 256 pages. 7 illustrations. The life and tragic death of Marie Antoinette have over the centuries assumed almost mythical proportions. During her lifetime she was the 'Austrian whore', accused of every imaginable sexual and political crime, and in the 19th century the guilt-ridden French tried to atone for their wrongs by reinventing her as a saint, pure and unsullied. Her love for her Swedish paramount, the chivalrous Count Axel Fersen, was glossed over or suppressed. In this book Evelyn Farr peels back layers of misinformation which have continued to obscure the fateful story of the Queen's great love affair. 
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Love and Louis XIV  -  The Women in the Life of the Sun King, Fraser, Antonia
16 Fraser, Antonia Love and Louis XIV - The Women in the Life of the Sun King
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2006 0297829971 / 9780297829973 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. xxviii + 388 pages. 64 illustrations. Genealogical charts to endpapers. Antonia Fraser explores the rich dynamic that existed between Louis XIV and the many fascinating women who ornamented his personal life. This includes not only Louis's mistresses, principally Louise de La Valliere and Athenais de Montespan as well as the puritanical Madame de Maintenon, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general: his mother Anne of Austria, his sisters-in-law who were Duchesses of d'Orleans in succession, Henriette-Ann and Liselotte, his wayward illegitimate daughters, and lastly Adelaide, the beloved child-wife of his grandson. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.88 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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Prince in Captivity, Hay, Malcolm
17 Hay, Malcolm Prince in Captivity
London Eyre & Spottiswoode and the Book Society 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good unmarked copy. Coloured portrait of the Prince to frontispiece. Dustjacket is G+ and is price clipped. Based on the memoirs and unpublished letters of Antoinne Philippe D'Orleans Duc De Montpensier, 1775 - 1807. A unique memoir written whilst the Prince was imprisoned under the Terror at the Fort St. Jean at Marseilles and never before translated into English. The second son of 'Philippe Egalite' he was the Duke of Orleans and brother of Louis Philippe, who in 1830 became King of the French. 
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Dianne De Poytiers, Henderson, Helen W.
18 Henderson, Helen W. Dianne De Poytiers
London Methuen 1928 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title to spine and blind embossed title to front on blue cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with some bumping to corners. Internally there is a small set of initials to front endpaper, bookseller's labels to front pastedown and foxing to endpapers else clean and unmarked. 24 illustrations, 234 pages and publisher's catalogue. Overall A Very Good copy. A detailed biography of one of France's legendary queens. 
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Memoirs of Madame Junot Duchesse D'Abrantes, Junot, Madame ( Duchesse D'Abrantes )
19 Junot, Madame ( Duchesse D'Abrantes ) Memoirs of Madame Junot Duchesse D'Abrantes
London Richard Bentley 1883 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
COMPLETE SET IN 3 VOLUMES Gilt decoration and titles to spine on red cloth boards with blind embossing to front which have minor marks but little wear. Internally there is the odd mark to the margins of some pages but generally a very clean and unmarked set. Vol. I - xxvi + 506 pages; Vol. II - xvi + 522 pages; Vol. III - xvi + 524 pages. Numerous portraits on steel. Preface dated February 13,1883. Introduction and appendix, not contained in earlier versions of the work, dated 1883 listing some of the principal titles and dignities conferred by the Emperor Napoleon I, A list of the Marshals of the Empire, The dignitaries of state, The French Revolutionary Calendar, Republican dates and The campaigns of Napoleon I. A Good+ set. This is a new and revised edition of her translated memoirs presented in a new form. **** A HEAVY SET OF 2.8 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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The Chevalier Bayard (Pierre Du Terrail), Kindersley, Edward Cockburn
20 Kindersley, Edward Cockburn The Chevalier Bayard (Pierre Du Terrail)
New York Dodd, Mead 1884 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Full title - The Very Joyous, Pleasant and Refreshing History of the Feats, Exploits, Triumphs and Achievements of the Good Knight Without Fear and Without Reproach the Gentle Lord De Bayard. Based on the original memoirs of Bayard by his secretary under the modest designation of "le loyal serviteur" who, although not mentioned, was probably J. De Mailles. The memoirs first appeared in 1527, three years after the hero's death. Profusely illustrated with a cover impressed with a design of the knight in red, gold and blue with decorated spine on grey cloth boards. Slight wear to spine head, tail and sides and to corner tips with some light scratches to back. Internally there is a small neat inscription to front endpaper, sporadic light marks to some pages but overall clean and tight. 260 pages **** The Fairly SCARCE Dodd Meads edition **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.5 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING ***** 
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