One page, 12mo. Adhesion along blank rear right side, where removed from an album. In fine condition. Item #404250
A signed quotation from Frederika Bremer:
“’The shadow of God wanders through nature’” but in the noble heart, in the happy home his spirit loves to dwell.
The quotation comes from the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, and appears an an epigraph in Frederika Bremer’s book ‘New Sketches of Everyday Life: A Diary, Together With Strife and Peace,’ published 1844. Bremer uses Linnaeus’ quote to introduce a section of the book entitled “Some Scenes in Norway.” This section, a series of naturalistic vignettes on her travels in Norway in the late 1830s, meditates on the power of nature to transform the human spirit. Bremer cites the same line of Linnaeus in her book Greece and the Greeks, a travelogue, published 1863. She writes of her voyage to the temple of Apollo: “I saw the shadow of the Eternal overshadow me on my way. For, as says Linnaeus, ‘God’s shadow wanders through nature.’”
Bremer, born in Sweden, began writing in 1828 and saw first success with “New Sketches of
Everyday Life,” published as an anonymous serial from 1828-1831; she was awarded Sweden’s
lesser gold medal in 1831; and became known throughout her career as the “Swedish Jane
Austen,” for her literary realism and feminist themes.