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1 Painter, George D. Chateaubriand - A Biography - Volume I (1768-93) The Longed-For Tempests
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1978 0394426584 / 9780394426587 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
Gold title and facsimile signature on brown cloth board which are clean and unmarked with a very thin line of fading to spine head and no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked apart from a small red stamp of a house to lower closed edge. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket is also VG+ and is not price clipped. First US edition. 327 pages. 22 illustrations. 2 maps. François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand, was a French writer, politician and diplomat and is considered to be the founder of Romanticism in French literature. This first volume of the biography traces Chateaubriand's early years. The background of the passionate young aristocrat: his mind in childhood was haunted by a lineage of historical ghosts - his family, intermarried with the royal blood of four countries, reaching back 7 centuries and 23 generations to the Baron Brien who fought alongside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings; whose childhood was spent on the wild Atlantic shores and in the strange hidden fortresses of Brittany; who took part in feudal sports, and hunted with Louis XVI; who was present at the fall of the Bastille at the outbreak of the French Revolution; who left Europe in despair in 1791 on a voyage to the New World, travelling on a solo journey of 3,500 miles through the American hinterland and dining with George Washington; who returned to France to fight for his king and was wounded by the Revolutionary forces, escaped, dangerously ill to England - all by the age of 24. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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