Excerpts from An Adventure


A famous book about an extraordinary encounter of two scholarly English women, the Principal and Vice-principal of St. Hugh's College at Oxford, while walking in the Petit Trianon Gardens at Versailles in 1901 France. They suddenly found themselves in a scene from 1789 in the same location and encountered many characters, one who may have been Marie-Antoinette. What sets this account above other similar tales is the impeccable character of the two ladies, the vivid independent accounts and intricate descriptions given by each, and the painstaking research and documentation over many years undertaken by them. Their attention to every detail and discoveries of facts supporting their account, some not known until years after the event, make this a most absorbing story, which is extensively footnoted.

The first edition was published in 1911 and at least one other edition published some years later. Reproduced here is approximately one half of the later edition. Of note is the fact that the first edition was published with the authors using pseudonyms, due to the extraordinary nature of the account and their sensitive positions. Their real names were used in the later edition.

After first hearing of this story I contacted a bookfinders and bought the book, which was even at that point long out of print. A couple of years later I actually had the opportunity to visit France and the Petit Trianon Gardens at Versailles one August 10th. I consider myself lucky that I saw nothing unusual--as I was by myself.

I've since seen the story on TV and even today it remains an intriguing account--

I have put half the book on the Web for fellow adventurers. This includes a Preface by Edith Olivier, a Note by J. W. Dunne, Author's Preface, and Chapter I, relating the trips back in time during three visits to the Petit Trianon. Not included here is Chapter II, detailing point by point the results of their research in the years following the incidents, Chapter III, the Appendix, relating additional facts acquired after the original research, and maps contrasting the differences in the details of the grounds both in the authors' "present" and in 1789. Hopefully, I can put the rest on the web soon.

Carol


AN ADVENTURE

BY

C. ANN E. MOBERLY
AND
ELEANOR F. JOURDAIN


WITH A PREFACE BY
EDITH OLIVIER

AND A NOTE BY
J. W. DUNNE

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY
COWARD-McCANN INC.
PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN, (DATE UNKNOWN)



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