Ten Years’ Exile; by De STAËL-HOLSTEIN, Baroness (1766-1817).

De STAËL-HOLSTEIN, Baroness (1766-1817).

Ten Years’ Exile; or Memoirs of That Interesting Period of The Life of The Baroness de Staël-Holstein, written by herself, During the Years 1810, 1811, 1812 and 1813, and Now First Published From The Original Manuscript, By Her Son. Translated from the French. 1821, London.

First English edition. 8vo (210 x 140mm). pp. [xvi], 434, [2]. Small tear to outer blank margin of three leaves, occasional very minor marginal spotting, edges slightly softened, rear of last leaf dusty, contemporary tree sheep, spine and boards a bit rubbed, minor loss at head, contemporary armorial bookplate of John Franklin to front pastedown, ownership inscription of David Harries, Llaneast, dated 1863, to rear pastedown.

An important account, published posthumously in French in 1820, of the ten years of Madame de Stael’s European exile. Written in the course of several years, it recounts her family’s clashes with Napoleon, and, after the latter condemned her to exile, her travels in Germany, Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as her literary and political encounters, from the early years of the century until 1813. This copy was once in the library of John Franklin - it would be nice to think that it was Sir John Franklin the Arctic explorer.

OCLC: 499836418 lists copy at the BL.

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