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Mary Lincoln's Signed Copy of The Life of Marie Antoinette Queen of France
1878. Mary Lincoln's Signed Copy of The Life of Marie Antoinette Queen of France "she bore her accumulated miseries with a serene resignation, an intrepid fortitude, a true heroism of soul, of which the history of the world does not afford a brighter example." MARY LINCOLN. Signed Book. "Mary Lincoln. / 1878," in her copy of Charles Duke Yonge, The Life of Marie Antoinette Queen of France, 2d rev. ed. (London: Hurst and Blackett, 1877), xvi, 432 pp., 8vo. bound in tooled purple cloth boards with titled spine. A carte-de-visite portrait of Mary Lincoln has been affixed to the front free endpaper. Inventory #24759 Historical Background Mary Lincoln likely identified with the guillotined French queen's plight. Their words (whether truly said or not) and their intentions were frequent targets of abuse in the press. The press of their respective days viewed both as spendthrifts and harshly questioned their motives, attacking Marie Antoinette's commitment to the welfare of the French people ("let them eat cake"), and Mary Lincoln's loyalty to the Union in light of her southern familial ties. Perhaps Mary Lincoln drew comfort and inspiration from Yonge's closing tribute to his royal subject, quoted above. An incredible association copy, acquired and inscribed by Mary Lincoln while she was living in France. Mary Lincoln (1818-1882) was born into the prominent Todd family in Lexington, Kentucky. Educated at female academies and boarding schools, she learned to speak French fluently and also studied literature, dance, drama, and music. She was very well-educated for her time, place, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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