London: Chapman and Hall, 1882. First edition in English. Translated by Anthony Trollope’s son. Light shelfwear, back hinge of Volume II starting to crack, bookplates neatly removed from each volume. A very good, bright set. Original brown cloth, decoratively stamped in blue and gilt. Two volumes, twelvemo. vii, [i], 328; vi, [ii], 286, [2, ads] pp. Item #12320
Susanne Curchod Necker (1739-1794) was the wife of Swiss financier Jacques Necker. In her youth she was close to Edward Gibbon, who wanted to marry her, but his father opposed the match. She maintained a celebrated Paris salon, which was frequented by many eminent authors, including Diderot, D’Alembert, Morelet, Buffon, Marmontel, and Chastelux. She was the mother of Madame de Staël.