THE NEIGHBOURS: A STORY OF EVERYDAY LIFE, by Frederika Bremer - 1843 [2 Vols]


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The Neighbours: A Story of Everyday Life - 2 Vols

by Frederika Bremer

translated from the Swedish by Mary Howitt

Two Volumes. Boston, MA: James Munroe and Company, 1843.

Hardbacks are overall in GOOD condition.

  • Volumes display commensurate wear and aging with a totally readable interior.
  • Covers are dusty with notable shelfwear and edgewear with exposed boards at corners. 
  • Back boards display some scattered staining on both volumes, minimal on first volume. 
  • Spines have white title labels, that exhibit pronounced toning as well as some chipping going into text. Text on labels is difficult to read due to wear and fading. (See photos)
  • Spines are dry and cracked along shoulders as well as ends, with chips.
  • Binding is secure though delicate in both volumes, with little play. 
  • Foxing is pronounced on feps and pastedowns.
  • Front fep has stamp in black in both volumes. (See photos)
  • First volume has pressed flower between front feps, leaving persistent stain/shadow from facing page through to title page. (See photos)
  • One signature - pages 171 to 178 - is loosening from upper part, with binding threads visible and looser toward head. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently toned with scattered foxing in both volumes. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges display commensurate toning and foxing, with dust along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190704

259 + 223 pages. 5 x 7.75 inches.

Considered as the Jane Austen of Sweden, the writer and feminist reformer Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) left a notable legacy in the field of the realist novel, which she brought to prominence in Swedish literature. She was also a noted activist, fighting for women's rights throughout her career and giving her name to the Fredrika Bremer Association, the first organization for women's rights in Sweden. The Neighbours is part of her Sketches of Everyday Life, exemplifying the genre of the realist novel, that became very popular in Britain and the United States during the 1840s and 50s.

Two volumes. Includes a preface by the translator in first volume. Includes a list of works by the publisher. 

PROVENANCE: stamp from William H. Benedict, (1917-1999) American actor best known for playing "Whitey" in Monogram Pictures' The Bowery Boy series. 

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