Friday, August 20, 2010
Postcards of Lost Royals
I think the title of this book -- Postcards of Lost Royals -- is misleading. Are these royals lost, and no one can find them. No, this is not the case. This tiny book, published by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, was inspired by the extensive postcard collection left to the Library by John Fraser. The postcards themselves are largely familiar, especially to collectors (like me), but this should not deter anyone from acquiring this book.
British writer Andrew Roberts provides the commentaries for each of the postcards.
The list of the postcards:
Queen Victoria and the baby (Prince Edward of Wales; Napoleon III; Nicholas II and Alexis; Grand Duchess Anastasia; The German Royal family (early Photoshop); Wilhelm II, Crown Prince Wilhelm, Prince Wilhelm; Crown Prince Wilhelm and family; Wilhelm II of Württemberg; Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria; Crown Prince Georg of Saxony and his brothers, Ernst Heinrich & Friedrich Christian; Grand Duke Nicholas of Oldenburg; Grand Duke Friedrich Franz of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his bride, Alexandra of Hanover; Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Altenburg and family; Hereditary Grand Duke Georg of Hesse and By Rhine; Prince Ludwig of Hesse and By Rhine; Duchess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein; Duchess Viktoria Adelheid of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and children; Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein; Leopolf IV of Lippe and family; the Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe; the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg; Prince Max of Baden with wife and daughter; Prince Wilhelm of Wied, Prince of Albania; Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and family; Emperor Karl of Austria with Crown Prince Otto; King Alfonso XIII of Spain; King Umberto II and Queen Marie Jose of Italy; King Constantine II; King Manoel II of Portigal and wife; King Peter I of Serbia; Nicholas of Montenegro and family; Michael I of Roumania; King Peter II of Yugoslavia; Simeon II of Bulgaria; Farouk of Egpypt; Duleep Singh; Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner; Jam of Nawangar; Ito Hirumbumi, Resident General of Korea; Pu Yi, and King Kalakaua I of Hawaii.
Robert's anecdotes provide concise background information on each of the subjects.
The price of Postcards of Lost Royals: $20.00/£8.00.
Posted by Marlene Eilers Koenig at 10:35 PM