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Alice Grand Duchess of Hesse. Princess of Great Britain and Ireland. Biographical Sketch and Letters.

QUEEN VICTORIA. ; SELL Karl (1884.)

£750.00 

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Engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, one other engraved portrait. First English edition. 8vo., original blue cloth, re-backed and strengthened, re-using the original spine and endpapers. London, John Murray.

Translated by the subject's sister and Queen Victoria's fifth child, Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. A presentation copy from Queen Victoria, inscribed on the second front free endpaper 'To Lord Carlingford from Victoria RI - Balmoral - June 5. 1884'.

Carlingford was a Liberal politician, who at the time of this inscription was Lord Privy Seal under Gladstone between 1881 and 1885, and was Lord President of the Council between 1883 and 1885. He kept a journal, selections from which were published by the OUP in 1971 as 'Lord Carlingford's Journal: reflections of a Cabinet Minister 1885'.

Engraved armorial bookplate by John Coleridge to the front pastedown of Francis Fortescue Urquhart, small label above it lettered NBM 1, binder's ticket to the rear pastedown spine faded and rubbed, inner hinges strengthened, endpapers foxed. Magazine clipping to the front free endpaper of Princess Alice.

Stock Code: 221648