by Anne Manning. Clio's Cabinet, 1990 Reprint of 19th century English translation. hb, dj, 6x9, 141pp.
The captivating story of Valentine DuVal, a young man homeless and hungry in 18th century Europe who was taken in by the Jesuits. This autobiography reveals his pathway to the court of Maria Theresa of Austria and a platonic relationship with the Lady-in-Waiting to Catherine the Great of Russia. DuVal became the curator of coins in the Austrian national collection and established the renowned collection of ancient coins in Vienna.