De l'Allemagne. by STAEL, Anne-Louise-Germaine de (176601817).

STAEL, Anne-Louise-Germaine de (176601817).

De l'Allemagne. Paris & London, H. Nicolle, 1813.

Three volumes, 8vo, I: pp. [xxi], [3], 360, lacking first blank; II: pp. [4], 399, [1]; III: pp. [4], 416, very occasional, slight marginal spotting, bound in contemporary polished calf, triple gilt ruled, bordered with roll of fleurons in blind, raised bands, spine gilt and gilt-lettered, all edges gilt, joints a bit worn or cracked towards foot of spine, with the nineteenth century bookplate of J.W. with motto ‘Patientia vinces’.

An elegantly bound copy of this controversial political and philosophical work, which contributed to making Mme de Staël persona non grata with the French authorities. First published in 1810 in France, it did not escape Imperial censorship; all copies were seized from the printer Henri Nicolle, and destroyed and there are only five known copies extant. This edition of 1813, published in London, was a pirated edition, which came out during Mme de Staël’s exile in England. The essay discusses the geography, sociology, literature, philosophy and religion in Germany, with implicit and explicit comparisons to the current state of France.

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