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STAËL, Anne-Louise-Germaine, Madame de (1766--1817)
[Corinne. 1818]
Corinne ou l'Italie, par Mme la Baronne de Staël Holstein. Huitième édition. Tome premier (-- second.).
Paris: H. Nicolle, à la librairie stéréotype, 1818.
2 vols ; 19.9 cm. (8º)
I: [4], 398, [2] p.
II: [4], 475, [3] p.

At head of imprint: De l'imprimerie de Cosson. Originally published simultanously in French and in English and German translations in 1807. Regarded as one of the most important novels of early French Romanticism, Madame de Staël's second novel had an immediate and huge success. Soane's library also has a copy of the 1808 London edition, also in French (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bought as a five-volume set with the companion edition of Madame de Staël's first novel Delphine, 1819 (q.v.) for £2 7s. on 4 December 1829 from 'Le Chev. Schlick'. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.80). This is probably Chevalier Benjamin Schlick, a Danish-born architect, made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1828 by the French King Charles X in recognition of his architectural work in Paris. Schlick had offered Soane 'des Ouvrages français ... qu'il m'est penible d'être obligé à ... vendre; mais j'en fait [sic] le Sacrifice avec moins de regrèt puisquils sont destinés à rester dans Votre admirable Collection.' In addition to the two novels by Staël, Soane kept handsomely bound sets of Boileau (q.v.), Cervantes (q.v.; q.v.), Madame de Sévigné (q.v.), L.-A. Martin's Lettres à Sophie (q.v.), and Laveaux's Nouveau dictionnaire de la langue française (q.v.), paying a total of £14 11s.; he returned a copy of Lesage's Gil Blas (offered for £2 8s.) in three volumes. The letter continues, 'Je suis dans l'impatience d'avoir bientôt le plaisir de voir les deux Ouvrages en question et de vous communiquer mes Dessins sur Herculanum &c ...'. The 'two works' referred to are possibly editions of the French dramatists Racine and Corneille, with whose names Soane has endorsed the list of books appended to the letter; there is no evidence that drawings of Herculaneum by or previously belonging to Schlick were added to Soane's collection.

Binding C19th half black morocco, gilt-tooled spines, dark blue ribbed-morocco grain cloth boards, marbled edges to match the endpapers.

Reference Number 3778


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