The King Who Never Reigned
Being Memoirs Upon Louis XVII by Eckard and Naundorff With a Preface by Jules Lemaitre of the Academie Francaise, Together With Introduction and Notes by Maurice Vitrac and Arnould Galopin, To Which is Added Joseph Turquan's "New Light Upon The Fate of Louis XVII"
George Bell & Sons, 1908, ["Issued for circulation in India and the Colonies only"], illustrated frontispiece with protective acid free sheet, black and white illustrated plates, hardcover
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, minor foxing to pages, no inscriptions, some wear and minor soiling to cover, otherwise clean and solid copy (see photographs)
"The work which we now publish contains two very distinct and, we might almost say, opposite parts.
The first part comprises Eckard's memoirs upon the captivity and death of Louis XVII, while the second part is composed of Naundorff's Recollections. It may be as well to explain why we chose these two works.
Although Eckard's book is no longer very new, it is extremely valuable. Historians who, from time to time, have written about Louis XVII, quote largely from this work; we may say that these memoirs have formed the basis fro all ulterior researches.
And so, although we acknowledge the efforts of the naundorffistes, many of whom are thoroughly sincere and disinterested, we think it best to republish Naundorff's Memoirs. These memoirs form the second portion of our volume. We shall read, as related by himself, the life of the false Dauphin from 1795 to 1830. We consider that these memoirs prove the fallacy of Naundorff's cause."