Lausanne: Chez Jean Mourer...[et] Hignou et Compe. 1796. First edition of one of Madame de Staël’s first important works. The author intended this work to go to two volumes, this dealing with the influence of the passions upon individuals, and the second dealing more with the influence of passions on nations, but the second volume was never completed. Without the errata leaf. Binding extremities lightly worn, joints starting to crack, but cords sound. A good, clean copy. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with black morocco label. Octavo. 376 pp. Item #15548
The present work was written while Madame de Staél was immersed in the study of Schlegel. It became an important document in the corpus of Romantic thought, and it laid the foundation for her two most important works, De la littérature (1800) and De l’Allemagne (1810, 1813).