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Bref, skrifna under et kort wistande I Sverige, Norrige och Danmark. . Ofwersatte fran Engelskan.
Stockholm: Holmberg 1798 - 8vo., 243 + (1)pp., the title a cancel tipped on to a stub, contemporary half sheep over marbled boards, spine gilt but worn and wanting the label. A good, sound, copy. First edition in Swedish of Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark> (London, 1796). Windle A7h. Mary's lover Gilbert Imlay, the father of Fanny (born 1794), had suffered the theft of a valuable cargo by the Norwegian captain of his ship, and in 1794 Imlay suggested to Mary that she travel there on his behalf to get compensation and call in various debts. Despite having the responsibility of her young baby, Mary Wollstonecraft agreed and spent nearly four months travelling to remote and unfamiliar destinations to meet and bargain with officials, studying local customs, enjoying strange landscapes and undergoing risky sea journeys. The Letters> themselves were all written to Imlay. 'She was a good travel writer; although the Letters> were touched with melancholy [and] personal complaints, they were also full of sharply sketched accounts of the people she met and the manner in which they amused or shocked her, the social condition she found and the northern scenery of rocks, waterfalls and forests in its summer incarnation'. [Claire Tomalin, Life>, pp.189-190]. Mary was actually away on her Scandinavian adventure from April to October 1795. She and Imlay separated permanently soon after her return to London. The Letters> was her last book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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