London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. Item #05088
The Story of the Last Queen of France before the Revolution
In a Fine Cosway-Style Binding
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BICKNELL, Anna L. The Story of Marie-Antoinette. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897.
First edition. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches; 216 x 146 mm.). [i]-xiv, , 334, [2, blank] pp. Twenty-seven photogravure plates.
Bound ca 1960 in full red crushed levant morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt, front cover with a central gilt design surrounding a fine oval hand-painted portrait miniature of Marie-Antoinette (3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches; 82 x 63 mm.), set under glass. Spine with five raised bands elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Double-ruled gilt board edges and wide turn-ins, red silk liners and endleaves, all edges gilt. Housed in the original fleece-lined, red cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt. The binding is unsigned but is very similar to the Cosway-Style bindings that were done by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Asprey's.
Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793) was the last queen of France before the French Revolution. She was born an archduchess of Austria and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. She became dauphine of France in May 1770 at age 14 upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, heir apparent to the French throne. On 10 May 1774, her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI and she became queen.
Anna Louise Bicknell (1835?-) also wrote Life in the Tuleries under the Second Empire. 1894, and published
several articles in the Century Magazine and National Geographic including:
The Pretenders to the Throne of France. 1883
Marie-Antoinette as Dauphine. 1897
The Last Days of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. 1897
French Wives and Mothers. 1898.