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My newest acquisition is MARIE ANTOINETTE’S Prayer Book. Her “missal” is finely bound in period French red morocco, stamped in gilt to both covers with her large interlaced foliate cipher “MA” , crowned by a ringlet of flowers–like her jeweled brooch. Besides Marie Antoinette, this book has belonged to several interesting people, including Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery and Prime Minister of England (with his bookplate), and Norma Shearer (1902-1983), who starred in the 1938 MGM film, Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette assumed the title of Queen of France when her husband Louis XVI ascended to the throne upon the death of Louis XV in 1774. Very few books of Marie Antoinette are in private hands. After the French Revolution and her death by guillotine, most of the books from her two libraries (the Tuileries and Chateau Trianon) were placed in the Bibliotheque Nationale. (Not for sale)