The History of Charles the Twelfth, King of Sweden
first editionfull brown tree calf, gilt ruled, spine decorated in gilt, burgundy gilt lettered spine label
by VOLTAIRE M. de
Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus, 1828. First edition. full brown tree calf, gilt ruled, spine decorated in gilt, burgundy gilt lettered spine label. Extremities a bit rubbed, endpapers a little foxed and browned, foxing throughout but text very legible. Octavo. 276 pp Voltaire was a great admirer of King Charles XXII of Sweden and says of Norberg [a Swede who wrote a history of Charles XII] "public pieces which Norberg has loaded his wretched history there are to be found many which are suppositous and absurd ... makes the king of Sweden say that which he neither said or could have said ... ." he goes on in the "Dissertation: A particular history of Charles the Twelfth of Sweden had not increased this public grievance, were it not that he and his rival, Peter Alexiaowitz, a much greater man than himself, have been, by the confession of all the world, the most extraordinary personages that have appeared for more than twenty centuries ....
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