Memoirs of Frederica Sophia Wilhelmina: Princess Royal of Prussia, Margravine of Bareith, Sister of Frederic the Great. Written by Herself. Translated out of the Original French. In two volumes. Vol. I [-II]. London, Henry Colburn, 1812.
First Edition in English. Two volumes, 8vo (210 x 125 mm), pp. [iv], 374; [ii], 376, tear on II, 323, into text but with no loss, in contemporary free-style tree calf, slightly worn, flat spines gilt in compartments, black morocco labels lettered in gilt, black oval numbering pieces numbered in gilt.
An attractive copy of these scarce memoirs by Wilhelmine, Margravine of Beyreuth, sister and life-long confidante of Frederic the Great. Originally written between 1748 and her death in 1758, the manuscripts of Mémoires de ma vie are preserved in the Royal Library of Berlin. Two editions were published in 1810, one in German and one in French and there have been numerous subsequent editions. A woman of remarkable intelligence and talents, she transformed Bayreuth into a mini-Versailles, with grandiose building projects - opera houses, theatres, palaces - and a vibrant intellectual and musical life (she was also a composer and lutenist), making it one of the intellectual centres of Germany, filling the court with writers, musicians and artists.