Lot 18: Queen Victoria Signed Book Inscribed to Prince Arthur
27th September 2017
Signed book: Stunden der Andacht [Hours of Devotion], Volumes 1–8. Aarau: Heinrich Remigius Sauerlander, 1858. Hardcover, 6 x 9, 435 pages in first volume. Signed and inscribed on a free end page of the first volume in crisp black ink to her son Prince Arthur, "To dearest Arthur, In the names of both his Parents Albert & Victoria R, in recollection of Sunday, Ap: 29, 1866, from his loving & sorrowing Mama, V. R., Osborne, Ap: 29, 1866." Autographic condition: fine, with scattered light foxing. Book condition: VG/None, with wear at hinges of most volumes and a bookseller's notation in pencil opposite the signed page. Royal coat of arms bookplates are affixed to front pastedowns. Prince Arthur made his confirmation on April 26th at Whippingham Church in Newport, Isle of Wight, lending significance to the queen's decision to present him with this series of German devotional books.
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