[Danish constitutional crisis, 1848.] Two pamphlets: 'Statement of Prince Frederick of Schleswig Holstein Noer' and 'The Crown of Denmark disposed of by a Religious Minister through a Fraudulent Treaty' (with presentation inscription).

Author: 
[Frederick, Prince of Noer [Prince Frederick Emil August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg]; Schleswig-Holstein Question; Denmark; David Urquhart]
Publication details: 
'Statement': 'Printed for Private Distribution' ('Printed by E. Stanford, 6, Charing Cross.'). Introductory note dated from London, 25 June 1853. 'The Crown of Denmark': 'Not Published.' London, March 1853.
£500.00
SKU: 20963

Two items, both disbound and without wraps, and in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, the first with a presentation inscription, presumably secretarial (see image on my website), from the Prince of Noer to J. Braybrooke. Both uncommon, with the second the scarcer of the two, only seven copies registering on OCLC WorldCat. Frederick, Prince of Noer (1800-1865), was brother-in-law of King Christian VIII of Denmark and nephew of King Frederick VI. The two items concern the constitutional crisis over the Schleswig-Holstein Question at the commencement of the reign of King Frederick VII (1808-1863, reigned from 1848 to his death), culminating in the First Schleswig War (1848-1851). ONE: 'The Crown of Denmark disposed of by a Religious Minister through a Fraudulent Treaty. With reprint of Denmark and the Duchies.' ('Not Published.' London, March, 1853.) (1) + 155pp., 8vo. With two fold-out genealogical tables, the first ('Key to the Genealogical Table') engraved and the second ('A General Scheme of the Lines') printed. Presentation inscription in manuscript, presumably secretarial, claiming the authorship at head of title: 'J Braybroke From the Author Prince Frederick of Schleswig Holstein Noer'. The British Library attributes the pamphlet to David Urquhart (1805-1877), Scottish diplomat, writer and politician. Laid down on a fly leaf preceding the title is an undated and unattributed newspaper cutting of an article regarding King Christian IX of Denmark, which has offset lightly onto the title. TWO: 'Statement of Prince Frederick of Schleswig Holstein Noer, relative to his personal connection with the Political Events in the Duchies in the year 1848.' (At foot of title: 'Printed for Private Distribution.'; at end: 'Printed by R. Stanford, 6, Charing Cross'.) (1) + 16pp., 8vo. The text is preceded by a full-page statement by the prince, dated from London, 25 June 1853, in which he states that he will confine himself 'to a simple statement of facts, leaving others to form their own judgment as to the part I acted under the pressure of events, and the necessity of the time.' Comprising a seven-page (pp.2-8) account, followed by an eight-page (pp.9-16) appendix of three 'Letters and Extracts translated from the Danish originals': letters from and to King Christian VIII and letter to King Frederick VII. Minor manuscript emendation (addition of the word 'of') on p.5.