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Quicksands

Author Julie de Gerschau
Title Quicksands
Imprint London: Spottiswoode & Co.
Date of Publication 1888
Language English
Notes A fictionalised and incomplete account of the life of Mary Queen of Scots by the daughter of a Russian aristocrat of German ancestry, Julie de Gerschau (1870-1887), privately published after her death. The work contains a preface by author's father, Baron Gerschau, who also seems to have acted as editor, and presumably funded the publication as a memorial to his daughter, who died of typhoid fever while staying in Rome. Julie 'Loulou' appears to have had a particular passion for Mary Queen of Scots which led to her to begin writing this historical novel. This copy is a presentation copy to a "Miss Coles" from Baron Gerschau. It has a mounted photograph of the author as a frontispiece, with "Loulou Gershaw" written in manuscript underneath, and a copy of a drawing of "Mary Stuart after a drawing by the author", inserted after page [100].
Shelfmark AB.1.217.105
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 17/02/17
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