22 - 23 March 2005
CHARLOTTE SOPHIA, Queen Of England (1744-1818) -- A Catalogue of the Genuine Library, Prints, and Books of Prints, of an Illustrious Personage, lately deceased. London: Christie's, 9 June 1819. -- A Catalogue of Prints, Drawings, and Books of Prints. [London: Christie's, 1819].
Two works in one volume, 8o (218 x 128 mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece. With the Ordo Venditionis leaf supplied to those who attended the sale. Modern half calf.
PRICED and with buyers' names supplied for lots 3,059-3,680 (historical and geographical sections) in a contemporary hand. Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, a tiny German dukedom, married King George III in 1761 and during his insanity was given charge of his person by Parliament. Though she has been considered insignificant historically, her catalogue reveals her as highly educated and interested in many subjects treated in several languages. The sections of poetry and prose contained many works by German eighteenth and early nineteenth century authors, though none by Goethe and Schiller; among numerous English authors Jane Austen was represented by seven novels.
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