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NOLHAC, Pierre de.

Marie Antoinette.

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London, Arthur L. Humphreys, 1905

An exceptional, handsomely bound edition by Pierre de Nolhac (1859-1931), who, after taking up a post at Versailles, rather by chance in 1887, proceeded to restore the palace of Louis XIV and his successors. Nolhac, who later became Director of the museum in 1892, spent nearly thirty years, until his departure in early 1920, bringing the palace back to life. This included dismantling the installations of the History Galleries of Louis-Philippe in order to restore the royal Apartments to their pre-revolution state. Nolhac's extensive historical research also led to a series of publications on the kings and illustrious inhabitants of Versailles – Louis XIV, Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska, Madame de Pompadour, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, etc. – but also on the artists who worked for them – Boucher and Fragonard, Nattier, Madame Vigée-Lebrun and Hubert Robert, etc., as well as the Palace and its gardens.

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8vo; title-page printed in red and black, the whole printed on unbleached Arnold paper, some edges untrimmed (as published), faint mark to outer bottom cover of p213, otherwise fine; contemporary full crimson morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe 'For the Torch Press', elaborate gilt panels to boards and spine, decorative title and author panel to upper board, with Royal monogram to centre, raised bands to spine with decorative black strap-work to simulate hinges, gilt-panelled dentelles, all edges gilt, offsetting from dentelles and bookplate to endpapers, otherwise a fine copy.


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