Hard Cover. Amsterdam: François CHanguion, 1723. First Edition. Very Good.
12mo. Five volumes. First edition. Finely bound in contemporary brown sheepskin with five raised bands to spine, compartments decorated in gilt, brown morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, red speckled text block edges. About very good, worn to extremities, particularly to Vols. II and V, which both have some loss around the spine ends, Vols. I-III with front hinges starting, Vol. V with front and rear hinges starting, Vol. I with a pin-size insect hole through the text block and rear board and a slightly larger area of insect damage to the final 30 pp. of text, Vol. III with some minor damp staining to the last few leaves and rear board, interiors otherwise generally clean. Overall, a presentable example of the first edition in a contemporary binding. This five-volume set provides a detailed account of the life of Anne of Austria, a Spanish princess who later served as Queen of France alongside her husband, King Louis XIII. Notably, it was written by the French memoirist Françoise Bertaut de Motteville, whose mother, originally from Spain, was a close friend of Queen Anne, and served as her private secretary. Both mother and daughter were members of the royal household until stricter policies from the First Minister of State resulted in the two women being exiled to Normandy, in an attempt to eliminate the queen's remaining ties to Spain. Only after the death of both Louis XIII and Nicolas Langlois de Motteville, who had been married to Françoise, did the memoirist return to France and once again become a member of the Queen's household.