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(Beauharnais, Hortense de). Romances mises en musique par S(a).M(ajeste).L(a).R(eine).H(ollande).

[n. p.: n. p., circa 1810]. Oblong octavo. Contemporary dark green morocco, gilt spine, front cover with gilt supra-libros of Hortense de Beauharnais in centre, both covers elaborately gilt with harps and Napoleonic eagles as cornerpieces, gilt inner dentelles. Engraved title with aquatint crowned coat of arms, handcoloured stipple-engraved portrait of Hortense De Beauharnais by Isabey, engraved by Monsaldi, 12 aquatints by Müller and Firinger, 12 engraved plates with musical scores engraved by Richomme. First blanks replaced; some foxing throughout.


Composed by the Queen of Holland, Hortense de Beauharnais. Her own copy! A nice set of illustrated musical scores and songtexts inspired by medieval legends and chivalry romances by Eugenie-Hortense de Beauharnais (1783-1837), daughter of the Empress Josephine. She had to marry Louis Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoléon for political reasons. She became Queen of Holland in 1806, but lived in France more often, away from her husband, the King of Holland, whom she disliked. She loved the arts and was a praiseworthy painter and composer. She had three sons, one of them the future emperor Napoléon III. After divorcing her husband and the abdication of Napoléon, she lived as '' la Duchesse de St. Leu'' on the bords of Lake Constance in Switzerland, where she died in 1837. Nice copy.-

¶ Olivier-Hermal-Roton, Manuel de l' amateur de reliures françaises, 2658.