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STAËL, Madame de (Anne-Louise-Germaine).

De l'Allemagne.

London: John Murray 1813 Stock Code: 140970

De Staël's "un-French" study of German manners

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The first published in Paris in 1810, but the edition was suppressed by Napoleon as "un-French", with perhaps a handful of copies surviving, this being the first available edition. Exiled from France in 1803 for her Revolutionary opposition to Napoleon's elevation to First Consul, she travelled widely in Europe. De l'Allemagne, considered by many to be her most important work, was the fruit of her first year as an emigré, spent in Germany; "From December 1803 to April 1804 she made a journey through Germany, culminating in a visit to Weimar, already established as the shrine of J.W. von Goethe and Friedrich von Schiller. In Berlin she met August Wilhelm von Schlegel, who was to become, after 1804, her frequent companion and counselor... This is a serious study of German manners, literature and art, philosophy and morals, and religion in which she made known to her contemporaries the Germany of the Sturm und Drang movement (17701780)" (Britannica).

From the Vane Londonderry library, elaborate armorial bookplates to the front pastedowns, and ownership inscriptions of Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest to the front free endpapers. On marriage to Lady Frances, Charles Stewart, third marquess of Londonderry, a former Hussar with Peninsula service and a variable temperament, changed his name to Vane, and gained access to considerable wealth derived from his wife's estates in county Durham and northern Ireland. However, although "Londonderry was in theory a wealthy man, the fluctuations of the coal trade, his electioneering expenditure, and his personal extravagance meant that he was always in financial difficultiesso much so that in 1834 it was feared he would follow his half-brother Catlereagh's example of suicide" (ODNB). A very pleasing set in a typically restrained Regency binding in excellent unrestored contemporary condition.

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3 volumes octavo (209 x 130 mm). Contemporary calf, spines speckled, titles gilt direct, compartments formed by paired metope and triglyph bands framing single gilt rule, single fillet panel to the boards which are edge-milled in blind, edges sprinkled in blue.


Spine of volume I mildly sunned, overall a little rubbed, corners bumped, lower front corner of volume III creased but sound, some light foxing front and back but overall very good, an attractive set.


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