Travels with Queen Victoria - Sarah Ferguson & Benita StoneyLondon: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a stain, on the reverse, to the foot of the upper panel not affecting the board. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs ; Black & White Drawings ; Genealogical Tables;
From the cover: “HRH The Duchess of York, Benita Stoney and photographer Robin Matthews set out on a royal adventure story, a journey back into the past, retracing Queen Victoria’s travels abroad to state and family occasions throughout Europe. We catch entertaining glimpses of her engaging character through many colourful and amusing letters, her assiduously kept journals and private sketchbooks which describe the people she met, the places she visited and the events of the day. Professional watercolour artists were commissioned to paint the highlights of her travels from balls and picnics to picturesque views, castles and grand houses, and one of the unknown delights of her reign is this treasure trove of watercolours and drawings preserved in sumptuously bound volumes at Windsor Castle.
The authors have immersed themselves in Queen Victoria’s travel library to reconstruct the journeys and create their own itinerary. They have followed routes she took by horse and carriage, and on the new and rapidly expanding railways of Europe. They have traced her in Rhincland palaces and fortresses, and in forgotten castles deep in middle Europe. Looking for her memory in the resorts of the French Riviera and on the Italian lakes, they visited the grand villas and chateaux, some now crumbling, some still resplendent, where the Queen enjoyed the pleasures, new to her era, of holidays in the south.
The text mingles Victoria’s descriptions with the authors’ impressions of place and period, while the illustrations juxtapose contemporary photographs and Victorian watercolours to startling effect. Primarily the record of a modern adventure, the book provides a fascinating insight into the Victorian past.”