Lot 326: Signed book: Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1865. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.5, 145 pages. Signed and inscribed to her son-in-law German Emperor Frederick III on a free end page in German (translated): "To faithful Fritz, In remembrance of the happy days in Balmoral, Now disappeared forever, from his faithful unhappy mama, V. Reg., Windsor Castle, July 2, 1865." The bookplate of the queen's eldest child and the wife of Frederick, Victoria Adelaide, is affixed to the front pastedown. Autographic condition: fine, with a couple very light stains and a light pink mark toward the end of the inscription. Book condition: VG-/None. Princess Victoria Adelaide became engaged to Prince Frederick William of Prussia while he was visiting Balmoral Castle in 1855, a marriage designed to cement a dynastic alliance between the two nations. In addition to this book's historic significance given its royal associations, this edition is an extreme rarity with hardly any recorded examples.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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