Journal de Cléry, suivi des Dernières heures de Louis Seize... du Récit des événemens arrivés au Temple, par Madame Royale. Paris, Baudouin, 1825.
8vo, pp. , 344, with the half-title, very slight marginal foxing, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, with gilt-lettered morocco label to spine, a little rubbed, with the nineteenth century bookplate of Miss Farquharson.
A first-hand account of the captivity of the royal family during the French Revolution. Cléry was Louis XVI’s valet de chambre and attended the king during his imprisonment in the Temple. He was allowed free in 1794 and became the valet of hte future Louis XVIII. The present work is an intimate portrayal of the days leading up to the king’s execution on 21st January 1793. The second part contains accounts of the other members of the royal family held in the prison. The journal is highly personal, including sections on his own family, and multiple interactions with the imprisoned king, who more than once asks him: ‘Have you heard any news about my trial judgement?’. First published in 1798, this was a hugely popular work which was frequently reprinted.