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Today we stumble upon your favorite French queen, and mine: Marie Antoinette. I don’t know what keeps me going back to French History, but there I was again, scanning the shelves. Two books caught my eye: Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette (WorldCat) and Secret Memoirs of Princess Lambelle (WorldCat), printed in 1917 and 1901 respectively.

I found that in both books, the embellisments, illustrations, the typography and even the width of the margins on the page, all combined to to form a feeling of opulance that reflected the subject matter.

Nothing says royalty like gold filligree

Nothing says royalty like gold filligree

Nice brackets [this is good]

Nice brackets

I also came across a reprint of Private Life, The Memoirs of Marie Antoinette (WorldCat), but it was a lifeless book in comparison to the 1917 version.

Newer book, boring cover

Newer book, boring cover

1917 version

1917 version

This is a little embarrassing, missing the final e

This is a little embarrassing, missing the final "e"

Ah, much better

Ah, much better

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