Madame Tussauds Memoirs and Reminiscences of France...with extra illustrations.
London: Saunders and Otley, 1838. 2 vols., 8vo., xvi, 246, 247-506, [1 errata], 98 plates bound in including frontis portraits, title page printed in black and red. Contemporary half brown levant, marbled boards, raised bands with title gilt-stamped to backstrip, marbled endpapers, top-edge gilt, fore- and bottom-edge untrimmed. Very minimal foxing, lovely bright copy in fine binding. First edition, extra illustrated, finely bound copy of this scarce title. Madame (Anna Maria) Tussaud (1761-1850) maintained a famous London waxwork exhibition, that continues to attract visitors to this day. She produced wax models of Voltaire, Marie Antoinette, and many decapitated heads of aristocrats. Her 1838 Memoirs are based on her own lively anecdotes, but were set in a somewhat inaccurate historical context by friend and editor Francis Hervé. (Oxford DNB).
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