Catalogue des livres qui composent la bibliothèque de Madame Elisabeth de France, soeur du roy …

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Creator

Élisabeth, Princess of France

Title

Catalogue des livres qui composent la bibliothèque de Madame Elisabeth de France, soeur du roy …

Date

1783

Coverage

Versailles

Description

This elegant manuscript catalogue documents the library of Madame Élisabeth, the pious sister of King Louis XVI and victim of the French Revolution. At the start of the upheaval in 1789, she fled to her estate in Montreuil near Versailles, taking her books with her. Upon her death, they were confiscated by Revolutionary officials, and many now reside at the Arsenal Library in Paris.

The handsome straight-grained crimson morocco binding, stamped with the gilt arms of Madame Élisabeth, signals the high status of the owner.

Source

Purchased in 2005 at the Breslauer sale with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds, generously supported by Grolier Club member donations.