Love - StendhalLondon: The Merlin Press, 1957, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the spine ends and top of the lower panel. Top edge of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Those who read this delightful work will not be surprised that it was the author’s own favourite. Written at a time when he was deeply in love with Mathilde Dembowski and in despair at her rejection of him, this book is a thinly disguised picture of Stendhal the man, of his inmost feelings at a most critical time of his life. It is also a superb collection of anecdotes illustrating the varieties and forms of romantic love, a treasure chest of stories from alllands, a fund of epigrammatic comments on society of the time, and a vade mecum for lovers of sensibility whose taste is as fastidious as Stendhal’s.
Whether he is speaking of the French, whose love is complicated by pride and vanity, of Englishmen, whose attitude he compares with the Turks’, of America, where common sense had triumphed over imagination, or of Italy, the land where he had found his own happiness; whether he is discoursing on the equality of women or their education (in terms that astonish us with their modernity); or whether he is digressing on the customs of the Ancient World or recalling the Courts of Love of mediaeval Provence, Stendhal has always something fresh to say, and says it always with wit as well as with humanity.
For too long this book has been inaccessible to English readers; the present translation, by Gilbert and Suzanne Sale, is made from the complete edition of Henri Martineau.”