London: Treuttel and Wurtz, 1820. First English translation Edition. 8vo, pp. 363. Rebacked original boards, with leather label, teg, Lacks the engraved portrait. A good copy. Item #59719
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 unil he dashed her hopes for a liberal Republic. Necker de Saussure was an intimate friend of DeStael and wrote this biography and critical appreciation.