ELISABETH

[Princess Marie Radziwill, French noblewoman at the Prussian court.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Marie Radziwill’), in French, inviting an unnamed princess to a ‘bazar de charité’.

Author: 
Princess Marie Radziwill [née Marie Dorothée Élisabeth de Castellane] (1840-1915), French noblewoman, granddaughter of the Duchess of Dino, a leading figure at the Prussian court
Publication details: 
2 February 1878; Berlin [Prussia].
£45.00

1p, 8vo. On grey laid paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Reads: ‘Madam / Permettez-moi de joindre à cette lettre l’annonce du bazar de charité que va avoir lieu dans notre maison et que j’espère sera visité par Votre Altesse Royale. / Designez agréer, Princesse, mes plus respectueux hommages. / Marie Radziwill’.

[‘Mademoiselle Rachel’ [Elisabeth Félix], celebrated French actress.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rachel') to ‘Madame Goreau’, about getting the Comte de Noailles or Marquis of Normanby to help in getting fabrics for costumes to Paris from London.

Author: 
‘Mademoiselle Rachel’ [Elisabeth Félix] (1821-1858), French actress of Jewish extraction, mistress of Napoleon III and others [Comte de Noailles; Marquis of Normanby]
Publication details: 
7 October 1847; no place [Paris?].
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. On first leaf of bifolium. Folded three times. In fair good condition, lightly browned. 36 lines, sloping upwards and written in an untidy hand, which renders the following report somewhat tentative. Signed ‘Rachel’. In French. She has been so busy since the resumption of the ‘théâtre français’ that she is only now able to tackle the need to get her ‘étoffes’. She reports that the ‘Comte de Noailles’ is in London, and asks the recipient, who also appears to be there, to go again to the embassy to ask him to send by two or three packets what she needs to make ‘mes robes’.

[ An Irish Ascendancy diary, 1798-1821, beginning with the Wexford Rebellion. ] Typescript of 'Diary of my grandmother, ELISABETH RICHARDS, Copied from the original manuscript found Huis Ten Donck 1917.'

Author: 
Elizabeth Richards (1778-1863) of County Wexford, Ireland, wife of Count Frederik Willem van Limburg Stirum of Huis Ten Donck, Holland [ Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen (1850-1922); Ireland, 1798 ]
Publication details: 
Typescript (made in the 1930s or 1940s?) of 1917 manuscript transcript by Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen of Huis Ten Donck, Holland, of her grandmother Elizabeth Richards' diary entries dating from between 27 May 1798 and 1 May 1821.
£120.00

68pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The diary has been published in a scholarly edition, edited by Marie de Jong-Ijsellstein (Hilversum: Verloren, 1999), where it is described as 'an excellent example of an early nineteenth-century journal intime'. The present typescript, which appears to date from the 1930s or 1940s, is a carbon copy of a typescript of Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen's manuscript transcript of her grandmother's diary.

Autograph Note Signed ('Elisabeth') in English to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Elisabeth [Elizabeth] Ludovika of Bavaria (1801-1873), Princess of Bavaria and later Queen consort of Prussia as wife of King Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795-1861)
Publication details: 
Friday' [date not stated]; on letterhead of York House, Twickenham, S.W. [London].
£125.00

16mo (roughly 11 x 8 cm), 1 p. Creased and ruckled, and with slight discolouration from previous mounting, and with a piece of the mount adhering to the blank reverse. Reads 'My dear Sir | I thank you for your letter and the information it contained. I write to Paris to have PP' book as soon as it is out. | Yours truly | [signed] Elisabeth'. Signature stylized to the point of illegibility. Piece of mount docketed in contemporary hand 'Elizabeth late Queen of Prussia'.

Autograph Note Signed ('Anneliese'), to 'liebe Liesel', on reverse of photographic portrait postcard.

Author: 
Anneliese Rothenberger (born 1924), German operatic lyric soprano
Publication details: 
1956
£28.00

Dimensions roughly 14 x 9 cm. Very good. The photograph, captioned 'Anneliese Rothenberger', is a head and shoulders shot of a smiling Rothenberger. The note on the reverse, in green ink, reads 'dir, liebe Liesel, alles ! | diese | [signed] Anneliese | 1956'.

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