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The King's Last Vigil.

LINDSEY (Caroline Blanche Elizabeth, Lady).

LINDSEY (Caroline Blanche Elizabeth, Lady).

The King's Last Vigil, and other Poems.

Second Edition. 8vo. [159 x 93 x 23 mm]. viii, 202 pp. Bound in contemporary green goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a single fillet border and on the front a design of flowers, the three largest surmounted with crowns. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, dated at the foot, the top and bottom panels tooled with dots, hatches and fleurons, the second and fourth with the initial "L" and a crown, and the third and fifth with an "M" and a crown, green goatskin inside joints and matching turn-ins with the same initials and crowns in the corners, vellum doublures with a gilt flower in the corners, vellum free endleaves, gilt edges. (The spine and front cover slightly faded).
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd, 1895 [1894].

This copy was specially bound for Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught, and has her pencil inscription at the front "L.M. from Lady Reay, Bagshot Park, Xmas 1894". The binding itself is not signed, but it is a fine piece of work.

Princess Louise Marguerite Alexandra Victoria Agnes (1860-1917) was the third daughter of Prince Frederick Karl of Prussia (the Red Prince) and Princess Marie of Anhalt-Dessau. In 1879 she married Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942), the third (and favourite) son and seventh child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She accompanied her husband on his various foreign postings, including his four years as Commander in Bombay from 1886 and as Governor General in Canada from 1911 until 1916. While in England they lived at Bagshot Park in Surrey and were particularly proud of their garden.

The Duchess was a victim of the influenza epidemic of 1917.

This book was given to her by Fanny, the wife of Donald James Mackay, 11th Baron Reay, who was Governor of Bombay from 1885 until 1890 and later became the first President of the British Academy.

There are further pencil inscriptions from Leonard to Lisa Baskin.

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