Lot 23: Queen Victoria Signed Book Inscribed to Marquess of Lorne
27th September 2017
Signed book: Windsor: A Description of the Castle, Park, Town and Neighbourhood. London: Seeley & Co., 1886. Hardcover, 10.5 x 14, 91 pages. Signed and inscribed on a free end page in ink to her son-in-law, "To dear Lorne, from his affectionate Mama, V. R. I., Christmas 1885." An ownership inscription in pencil on the first free end page notes, "Bought at Sotheby's sale Feb 23, 1948 of the Duke of Kent's books. Lot 172." Autographic condition: fine, with light foxing and staining to the beginning pages, including the signed page; interior pages are generally clean. Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear to boards and corners. The recipient, John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Marquess of Lorne, was the husband of Victoria's daughter Princess Louise; he served as the governor general of Canada from 1878 to 1883. A significant association copy.
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