Lettres sur l’Angleterre, by STAEL-HOLSTEIN, Auguste-Louis, baron de (1790-1827).

STAEL-HOLSTEIN, Auguste-Louis, baron de (1790-1827).

Lettres sur l’Angleterre, par A. de Staël-Holstein. Paris, Treuttel & Würtz, 1825.

First Edition. 8vo, engraved frontispiece plan of the House of Commons and pp. vii, [i], 426, [2], some foxing in text, mainly marginal, frontispiece a little dusty, in contemporary blue half calf over marbled boards, marbled edges, spine lettered in gilt, boards and joints rubbed, with a modern ownership inscription stamp of an eagle on the front endpaper.

First edition of this study of English customs by Auguste Louis de Staël-Holstein, the philanthropist who is chiefly remembered for his involvement in the slavery question. In this he was a disciple of Sismondi, whose he refers to in the present work. He is of course rather overshadowed by his famous mother and grandfather whose works he edited. This series of letters on England, written during his stay there in 1823, contains observations mainly on the division of property and its political implications, although the work does also include information on the social life and customs of England at that time. The French and English editions were published by Treuttel in the same year and may have been issued simultaneously. There were further French editions in 1828 and 1829.

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