GENTZ Frédéric de

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GENTZ Frédéric de
Unpublished memoirs and letters, published by G. Schlesier. Stuttgart, L. Halberger, 1841. In-8, red half-marocco, figure in the centre of the covers, smooth spine, untrimmed (contemporary binding). An important work by Napoleon's fiercest opponent. Frédéric de Gentz (1764-1832), German writer and politician, distinguished himself by his bitterness in fighting the French Revolution and Napoleon. A disciple of Kant, he was such a gifted pupil that the philosopher entrusted him with the rereading of the Critique of Practical Reason. He became involved in the Prussian administration and was an advisor to the War Ministry. A collaborator and confidant of Metternich, he was present in the most important negotiations, alongside the sovereigns and their ministers. He is the author of two major works devoted to the French Revolution. A contributor to the Allgemeine Literatur Zeitung, he reported on the Revolution in 1793 and asserted himself as the most ardent counter-revolutionary. The work, which brings together several memoirs, opens with a text that sets the tone for the whole: On the need to not recognise Bonaparte's imperial title. In the Diary of the Month of October 1806, the author paints a damning picture of the decadence of the Prussian court and announces its inevitable defeat. A copy in the figure of Marie-Louise, Duchess of Parma, former Empress of the French. Freckles.
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