Non-Dated "10th - 15th thousand" edition; Martin Herpich & Son, Engravers and Publishers; Translated by Margaret McDonough; "coloured frontispiece; 20 coloured and 16 black-and-white plates"; hardbound; quite good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
"Ludwig II (nickname Mad King Ludwig) 1845-1886, King of Bavaria (1864--86), born in Munich, the son of Maximilian II. A German patriot of Romantic disposition, he devoted himself to patronage of Wagner and his music, and built Neuschwanstein castle in the Bavarian mountains. Siding with Prussia (1870--1) against France, he took Bavaria into the new German Reich. Later he adopted the life of a recluse, and in 1886 was declared insane; shortly after, he drowned himself in the Starnberger L, near his castle of Berg."