Paris: Charpentier, Libraire-Editeur, 1844.
Leather bound. 6 3/4" X 4 1/4". 696pp. Text in French. Bound in full deep royal blue leather, with gilt-stamped floral details, six raised bands to spine, and inner gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with some heavy rubbing to extremities and scattered marks to boards. Marbled endpapers. Foxing to fore-edge and to pages throughout, else unmarked. Binding is firm and sound.
French political radical and dissident Germaine de Staël, lesser known today, was one of the most popular women authors of Nineteenth Century Europe, publishing both novels and critical essays. Her novel Delphine concerns a woman faced with conservative ideas of divorce after the Concordat of 1801, an agreement between Napolean and Pope Pius VII to consolidate Roman Catholicism in France. This stunning edition features text in the original French and is sumptuously bound in full leather with gilt embellishments and hand-marbled endpapers. Very good. Item #4967