My edition was published by the Reprint Society Ltd., by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd. 1954.
The pages are tissue thin and the print is super small; the dust jacket is in good nick considering it is two years older than I am. Page count of my edition is 510.
TO THE MEMORY OF MY SISTER
HER JOYOUS SPIRIT
HER GREATNESS OF HEART
Opening: PART I
THE DAUGHTER OF A SILK MERCHANT OF MARSEILLES
MARSEILLES, at the beginning of Germinal, Year II (the end of March 1794 by Mama’s old-fashioned reckoning.)
I think a woman can get her way better with a man if she has a well-rounded figure. So I’ve decided to stuff four handkerchiefs into the front of my dress tomorrow; then I shall look really grown up. Actually I am grown up already, but nobody knows that, and I don’t altogether look it.
From the frontispiece by Nancy Mitford:
In 1823 Désirée went to Sweden for good and was crowned queen, though always keeping in the background of public life.
It took perserverance to get through the diary of a fourteen year old yet Selinko did a good job of character progression and we wound up with a sensible woman. Needless to say I found the Swedish connection very interesting. Whilst I could not recommend this to anyone, it was good to get it off the TBR Mountain.