LOVELY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF QUEEN ANNE, IN BEAUTIFUL FULL MOROCCO-GILT
(QUEEN ANNE) PAUL, Herbert. Queen Anne. Paris: Goupil, 1906. Large quarto (10-1/2 by 13 inches), contemporary full green crushed morocco, gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. $2500.
Limited edition of this illustrated biography of Queen Anne, number 148 of only 200 copies printed on Japanese paper, with 39 tissue-guarded engraved portraits, including color frontispiece portrait, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Zaehnsdorf.
This is the life story of Queen Anne, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland beginning in 1702, who was Queen when the kingdoms of England and Scotland, under the Acts of Union, united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain on May 1, 1707. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1714. "The last of the Stuarts succeeded in overcoming the demands of being a woman on the throne, together with protracted ill health [likely Antiphospholipid Syndrome], to impose her views on the great men of the day, to preserve the protestant constitution, and to provide a real sense of ease for her country and friends" (DNB). With title page printed in red and black.
A lovely illustrated volume in fine condition.