Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Quick Picks


Recent news, old bits and bobs, and other quick picks for your Marie Antoinette fix!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

From the Library of Marie Antoinette: Anna, or Memoirs of a Welch Heiress


Today's Book:  Anna, Ou L'Héritière Galloise
Title: Anna, Ou L'Héritière Galloise (Anna, or Memoirs of a Welch Heiress)

Author: Anna Maria Bennett (1750-1808)

Publication: First published in English in 1785. Published in France in 1788. Some editions have the book separated into 4 volumes, and other editions are combined into 2 volumes.


Notes: A romantic, somewhat politicized novel about an orphaned heiress named Anna who is courted by various suitors as she attempts to navigate her fortunes; the novel contains allusions to contemporary British topics, particularly the industrialization and despoliation of Wales.


Anna Maria Bennet's books were published under the name Agnès Maria Bennett in French.





Where you can read it: Available on Archive.org in English (Volume I, Volume II) ; and French (Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV; unfortunately I have been unable to find the full French edition online.)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Free Books from MetPublications

Did you know? MetPublications, hosted on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Website, offers several hundred books for free viewing and download online! The books include Metropolitan Museum of Art catalogs as well as exhibition books, art history books and other history publications. I decided to go through their free online section and pull out books that would be of particular interest to readers of this blog. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

From the Library of Marie Antoinette: Albert premier, ou Adeline, comédie héroïque


Today's Book: Albert premier, ou Adeline, comédie héroïque

Title: Albert premier, ou Adeline, comédie héroïque (Albert the First, or Adeline, a Heroic Comedie)

Author: A
ntoine Le Blanc de Guillet (1730-1799)

Publication: First published in French in 1775. Several printings were made in the 1770s.

Notes: A play in three acts about a widowed woman who is being threatened and slandered by an antagonistic gentleman; the emperor happens upon the woman's daughter and is inspired to help them. 


The cost for the 1776 edition was 11 sols or only 6 sols if you were a subscriber. 

Some parts of the play were very likely inspired by the very recent Flour War and the public's response to the new reign of Louis XVI. In one passage, a man complains to the emperor about storms that desolated the fields, and how the faithful people could only offer tears as tribute, to which the emperor responds that it will not be enough for him to free the poor from the tolls imposed by the law which they could not pay, but that he must also use the public treasury to relieve them.

Where you can read it: Available on Google Books in French: 1776 printing.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

From the Library of Marie Antoinette: Adriene, ou les Aventures de la marquise de **


Today's Book: Adriene, ou les Aventures de la marquise de **

Title: Adriene, ou les Aventures de la marquise de ** (Adrienne, or the Adventure of the marquise de **)

Author: Pietro Chiari; translated by Nicholas de la Grange.

Publication: First published in Italian as La cantatrice per disgrazia in 1754. Published in French in 1768 and again in 1784.

Notes: 'Adrienne' was written in 6 parts, which were published in 2 volumes in French. The author also wrote numerous plays in addition to several other novels. The Prize in the Lottery, published in English in 1817, may be a very abridged English translation; it is roughly half the length of the French edition and there contain textual differences, but it is the only Chiari work that seems to fit the subject. Since I can't compare either French or English editions to the original Italian and be sure it's a translation (however the quality) I won't be adding it to the 'where you can read it' section.

Where you can read it: Both French volumes are available to read online for free on Google Books, in French. Volume I, Volume II. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From the Library of Marie Antoinette: Adoulzin, Ou Les Dangers D'Une Mauvaise Education

A new post series! 'From the Library of Marie Antoinette' will be an exploration of the books found
in Marie Antoinette's boudoir library at the Petit Trianon. 


Today's Book: Adoulzin, Ou Les Dangers D'Une Mauvaise Education

Title: Adoulzin, Ou Les Dangers D'Une Mauvaise Education (Adoulzin, or the Dangers of a Bad Education) 

Author: Unknown or anonymous 

Publication:  First published in 1787, two volumes.

Notes: A moralistic novel intended to educate readers through a story, told in first person.   

Where you can read it: Both volumes are available to read online for free on Google Books, in French only: Volume I, Volume II
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Marie Antoinette (1938) Costumes: Marie Antoinette's Striped Dauphine Gown



The "striped dauphine gown" is worn in the scene where Marie Antoinette is first visited by the duc d'Orleans, and where she and Louis-Auguste receive a snarky present from Madame du Barry.

The gown is notable for its style: although the scene is set sometime in the early 1770s, it is a chemise gown, which wasn't made popular until the 1780s. It is laid over wide panniers, which are more obvious in shots where Marie Antoinette pulls up one side of her skirt. The gown consists of white striped semi-sheer fabric trimmed with lace and a wide sash. The bodice is decorated with flowers, and Marie Antoinette wears a large matching flower on her head. The wide sash is tied into a bow in the back.

The color of the costume is white or perhaps slightly off-white; the semi-sheer striped fabric gives is a more off-white hue. The fabric appears similar to the material used in her Austrian night gown. The gown may have been worn in later MGM films, but this is unconfirmed.

Its current condition and whereabouts are unknown.

Inspiration

 


In Color
 



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