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Letter from George Georgeson Stalhberg to bookseller James Dodsley, 19 February 1777

 Item — Box: CLX-A-479
Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0102

Scope and Contents

This is a letter from Swedish politican George Georgeson Stalhberg to James Dodsley, sent from Edinburgh to London on the 19th of February 1777. Stahlberg wrote to Dodsley, a successful bookseller, because he wanted him to sell his book entitled "An [sic] History of the late Revolution in Sweden [...]" in his shop. Stahlberg's book is a pejorative account of the coup d'√Čtat by Gustav III that happened in Sweden on the 19th of August 1772. The "revolution" was carried out without bloodshed, but many politicians in particular were worried about its international consequences. Stahlberg himself was outraged by the coup, and took refuge in Edinburgh, where he self-published his account of the dramatic events in 1776. In February 1777, he was still selling copies to booksellers in important cities.


  • Creation: 19 February 1777


Language of Materials


Physical Description

Some tears at the folds, and some stains. Handle with care.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated c. 2022. Acccession no. SC-Acc-2023-0102.

Physical Description

Some tears at the folds, and some stains. Handle with care.

Processing Information

Catalogued in June 2023 by Aline Brodin, using information supplied by the donor (translated from Dutch).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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