A public announcement from October 1818 [my photo/collection]. Roughly translated:

The intention of His Majesty is that October 16th, the sad anniversary of a fateful day, is celebrated with an atoning service. Rather than a funeral service, as in previous years, the last will of Her Majesty Marie Antoinette will be read in buildings devoted to worship.

I invite you, Monsieur Mayor, to take on the spot the necessary measures to ensure that, in this coming Friday, public grief is shown in your town through the cessation of entertainments.

Receive, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.

State Councilor, préfet du Gard, D'argout.


Marie-Henri Beyle (23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal

19th-century French writer. Best known for the novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839), he is highly regarded for the acute analysis of his characters’ psychology and considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Facsimile title pages of Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black from Bibliographie Stendhalienne par Henri Cordier avec les fac-similés des titres des éditions originales. Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, 1914.

Anonymous - The British Library Board - Flowers And Water (083439) Japanese Blockprints (Olga Hirsch collection of decorated papers, bequeathed to the British Library in 1968) Late 19th Century Chiyogami, with Chrysanthemums symbolizing Imperial Japan, and Red Carnations suggesting romantic love (© 2016 The British Library)