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Mary Stuart - SKELTON John MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - 1893. 
1893 - (MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS) SKELTON, John. Mary Stuart. London: Boussod, Valadon, 1893. Two volumes. Folio (10 by 12-1/2 inches), early 20th-century full black calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, gilt-stamped armorial boards, all edges gilt. WITH: Gilt-stamped portfolio. $2500.Limited first edition, number 155 of only 200 copies printed for Europe (total of 300), with splendid full-color frontispiece portrait and 41 etchings and photogravures, including collection of plates in double-suite (housed in gilt-stamped portfolio), with gilt-stamped armorial insignias of Mary Queen of Scots on both boards and portfolio, handsomely bound by Thivet.Sir John Skelton's history of the doomed Mary Queen of Scots covers her royal birth at Linlithgow Palace in 1542 through to her execution at Elizabeth's order in 1587. 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). This copy with an additional color plate of "Mary Stuart as a Young Woman" laid in. Text and plates fresh with only light scattered foxing. A handsome about-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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