Utopia, by a Philosopher King

[Leszczynski, Stanislaus I]. Samtal emellan en europeisk man och en åbo af öen och konungariket Dumocala. Öfversatt från fransöskan.

Uppsala, L. M. Höjer, [1757].

12mo. 179, (1) pp. Sewn as issued, uncut and partly unopened, in contemporary grey wrappers.


The only Swedish translation of this utopian work first published in French as "Entretien d’un européan avec un insulaire du royaume de Dumocala" (1752). The book was written anonymously by the voivode of Poznan, Stanislaw Leszczynski (1677-1766), who in 1704 was put on the Polish throne by Charles XII of Sweden as Stanislaus I. After losing the throne twice, he died in France, where his daughter was married to Louis XV.

The text takes the form of an imaginary journey to the utopian country of Dumocala, whose forms of government and economy are described in great detail. The Swedish translation was prepared by Per Rudin. Although the author had been friendly to Sweden, the censors in the Swedish "Era of Freedom" redacted certain parts defending the power of the sovereign.

Wrappers somewhat soiled and dampstained; a faint dampstain to edge of upper margin. Leaf C6 torn through horizontally, but clean with no loss. Signature of M. Fryxell and his shelf numbers in ink on inside of front cover. Very rare: OCLC lists a single copy, in the National Library of Sweden.


OCLC 186928604.

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