Stuttgart: Charles Hoffmann, 1830. New Edition, revue et corrigee. 12mo., pp. 386, 380, ii; 372, [v]. Three volumes. Bound leather backed paper boards (rubbed), lacking the front flyleaf in volumes 1-2. a good set. A contemporary owner has written a table of contents on the rear flyleaf. Item #49267
An important French writer and thinker, DeStael (1766-1817) dominated the thought and politics of much of England and the Continent and was an ardent foe of the Emperor Napoleon. She was one of the major precursors of Romanticism and modern criticism whose writings reflected the liberal Republican spirit of the late eighteenth century"[Wilson p 1180]. She supported the Revolution until she became disenchanted with "The Terror"; and was similarly supportive of Napoleon until he dashed her hopes for a liberal Republic. The novel, on Germany, was a source of her great conflict with Napoleon who was determined that the book should not appear in Paris. Indeed, when the book was published, it and she were banshed from France.
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