“AS PERENNIALLY FASCINATING AS A FAIRY TALE”: SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION OF MARY STUART, WITH 41 ILLUSTRATIONS, ONE HAND-COLORED AND 25 IN DOUBLE-SUITE
(MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS) SKELTON, John. Mary Stuart. London: Boussod, Valadon, 1893. Folio, 20th-century full navy morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Limited first edition, one of only 100 copies printed for America (out of a total edition of 300), with hand-colored frontispiece portrait and 41 etchings and photogravures, 25 of which are present in double-suite.
The life of the doomed Mary Queen of Scots, from her royal birth at Linlithgow Palace in 1542 to her execution at Elizabeth's order in 1587. Author Sir John Skelton "wrote on subjects of heated controversy both in the past and present, and, with a chivalry which was part of his nature, often took what was at the time the unpopular side; but throughout his historical work he displayed something of the spirit of the advocate" (DNB).