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This leather-bound book published in Dublin in 1777 is  often asked about at the Davis Library, because it happens to mention Marie Antoinette. She is listed on page 10, under the category, “Second Class” referring to the life annuities for 1775, as “Her Majesty Marie Antoinette” aged 20. Her “Abode, and other Descriptions” is noted as Present Queen of France,” and the amount subscribed is £100.

Page 10 Marie AntoinetteThe cover reads, “A List of the Nominees in the Life Annuities of 1775.”

book_1777_01The full length title as printed on the title page is,

A List of the Persons on whose Lives The Sum of 175000l. was subscribed, Pursuant To An Act of Parliament passed in the Kingdom of Ireland (in the 15th and 16th Years of the Reign of His present Majesty George the Third, King of Great Britain, &c.) for granting Annuities in the Manner therein provided. Disposed into The Three separate Classes, agreeable to the alphabetical Order of their Names: And Shewing The Sum subscribed on the Life of each respective Person, the Number of Lives, and total Subscription in each Class. To which are annexed, Extracts From The Act of Parliament: With Forms and Directions Relative To Different Cases which may occur in the future in the Progress of that Business.

The bottom of the title page states that the volume was published in Dublin, by order of the Right Hon. Nathaniel Clements, Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland, in 1777.book_1777_02