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Francoise Bertaut de Motteville
Memoirs de Madame de Motteville, pour Sevir a l'Histoire d'Anne d'Autriche. In five volumes
Paris: Colnet Libraire, 1822. Leather. Good. 5.5" by 3.5". None. A scarce set of de Motteville's history of Queen Anne of Austria. Complete in five volumes. Françoise Bertaut de Motteville (c.1621-1689), French memoir writer, was the daughter of Pierre Bertaut, a gentleman of the king's chamber, and niece of the bishop-poet Jean Bertaut. Her mother, a Spaniard, was the friend and private secretary of Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII. At the age of seven Françoise was also made a member of the Queen's household. The influence of Richelieu, however, who wished to separate the queen from her Spanish connections, exiled mother and daughter to Normandy. In 1642 the Queen summoned Mme de Motteville to court after the death of Richelieu and Louis XIII. Some of her letters are preserved, but her chief work is her Mémoires, which are in effect a history of Anne of Austria. They give a faithful picture of court life at that time. In half calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. One hinge slightly strained. Internally, firmly bound. Light scattered foxing. Some marginal tidemarks to Volume I and damp staining to the first few pages of Volumes III and IV. Pp204-217 of Volume II has been previously reinforced. Good. Good. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA [Bath, United Kingdom]

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