The life, persecutions, and sufferings, of Sophia Dorothea, princess of Zell, wife of George the First, king of England, who was imprisoned thirty-six years in the castle of Ahlen in the electorate of Brunswick, on a charge of supposed incontinency. An authentic narrative.
London: Dean and Munday. Very scarce first edition. Circa 1820. With only half of the original folded colour frontispiece still intact. In recent hardback, half black cloth with grey paper covered boards, with paper label to spine. New endpapers.  leaf, -30 pp. 175 x 110 mm (7 x 4¼ inches). New portions in very good condition. Darkened and with foxing to original. Sophia Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Celle (1666 –1726) was the wife of future King George I, and the mother of George II. It was her alleged affair with Philip Christoph von Königsmarck that led to her being imprisoned in the Castle of Ahlen for the last thirty years of her life. The term incontinency in this context eludes to her alleged 'sexual laxness'!