Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette by Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan, Two-Volume Set, Circa 1917

Campan, Jeanne Louise Henriette, Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette. New York: Brentano’s Publishers, 1917. Early edition, two volume. Period red leather with marble cloth binding.

This two volume set of Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette is presented in its original leather and marbled cloth boards. The memoirs were published out of New York by Brentano’s Publishers. This copy is an early edition of the work and was published in October of 1917. The two volume set also features a memoir of Campan herself, written by F. Barriere. The edition was revised from its previous form by F. M. Graves with an introduction and notes by J. Holland Rose, Litt. D. It is complete with black and white illustrations throughout.

Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan (1752-1822) was the First Lady-in-Waiting to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette was published posthumously in 1823 after Campan’s death in 1822. Campan was  a French educator and served as headmistress under Napoleon after the French Revolution. The book describes Campan's experiences with Queen Antoinette and was elaborated upon with the addition of personal recollections illustrative of the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI.

Marie Antoinette’s life is well documented by Campan in this set of memoirs. Campan reveals the inner machinations of life at court and attempts to bring to light the truth of various controversial and complex events that took place under Antoinette’s reign. In great detail, Campan defends the honor of Antoinette, even in the face of revolutionary distrust and public backlash against the French old regime.


This two volume set features period three-quarter red leather binding with marble cloth details and gilt tooling. The spines feature raised bands, gilt fleur de lis motifs and gilt tooling. The books are in good condition and display nicely despite minor indications of age and wear. There are some signs of rubbing and shelfwear on the boards and high points. The leather is slightly faded and pages display some age toning. Even still, text and illustrations remain clear and legible throughout. The original boards reflect wear with bumped corners and spine and some discoloration. The set is complete with vibrant marbled endpapers, deckled edges, and gilt top edges.

Dimensions: 9 1/4" H x 6 3/8" W x 1 1/4" D (each)

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