Fontwell, Sussex: Centaur Press Ltd., 1968. 1st Edition thus. Octavo, publisher's brown textured paper-covered boards, original printed dust jacket.
Posthumously published memoir by celebrated saloniste and woman of letters Germaine de Staël, whose life and activities straddled the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. Though sympathetic to Republicanism and the Revolution, Staël's court connections prompted her to flee the Terror for her family's Swiss estate. Eventually her political writings and renown as a freethinker brought her into conflict with Napoleon, who had her spied upon during her period of largely self-imposed exile. She traveled throughout Europe for much of this time, socializing with such literary and intellectual lights as Benjamin Constant, August Schlegel and Juliette Récamier. Originally published in 1821 by her son several years after her death. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Staël; with an introduction by French literature scholar Margaret Crosland. Corners lightly banged, spine of price-clipped dust jacket slightly foxed. Near fine. Item #468