DE STAEL, Madame

Corinne ou L’Italie


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Publisher: Librarie de Firmin-Didot

Year: 1877

Format: Hardback

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Ownership signature of Anne Gladstone (wife of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone’s bother) at Fasque House the family’s Scottish home to title page.Nicely rebound in half leather with marbled text block. edges. This work is both a work of fiction and a travelogue, combining the story of a love affair, and Stael’s homage to Italy. The plot follows Lord Nevil, as he has to choose between marrying the traditional English woman his dead father wished him to marry, and the Italian poet Corinne whom he is in love with. Written by Madame de Stael. Stael was alive during a tumultuous time in history, as she saw the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. Germaine was the daughter of Jacques Necker, the finance minister for Louis XVI, who had made decisions that were critical in staring the outbreak of the French Revolution. She was an ardent letter writer, and so she documented the society and events of the time in great detail. Germaine also lived in exile during the Reign of Terror, later coming into opposition with Napoleon. She was known throughout her life for being witty and a brilliant conversationalist, making her well liked, and well despised by those who opposed her. Bound in half leather. Spine head worn otherwise VG

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