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You just might like to browse my little library, arranged by original language (Greek, Latin, modern), then by author's name, and date of imprint (except that in Goethe's case the collected works precede individual editions.   I suppose some of these are rara and rarissima, a few Latin books from the 16th to 18th century are lovely imprints on fine paper.  There is one incunabulum (#18), but my most spectacular book is #35, the original edition of Goethe's Götz (1773). 

Since book collectors are sometimes interested in price, I entered a few records from the 1990's (I converted those into dollars about 2002).

GREEK

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HOMERI OPERUM OMNIUM quæ exstant.  TOMUS PRIOR sive ILIAS GRAECE ET LATINE Juxta editionem emendatissimum & accuratissimum SAMUELIS CLARKE, [vignette: engr. of village scene with ouroboros in frame, and motto "TERA DUM PROSIM"] AMSTELAEDAMI, Apud J. WETSTENIUM.  MDCCXLIII. [vellum, duodecimo, pp. vi+619+ INDEX RERUM IN ILIADE MAXIME MEMORABILIUM, 9 pp. and a foldout of the Farnesian Homer bust.   Remarkably clear imprint in lovely vellum with faded red label on spine, cracks at top of spine, else v.g.]

HOMERI OPERUM OMNIUM.  TOMUS POSTERIOR sive ODYSSEA.  BATROMACHIA, Hymni et Epigrammata.  GRAECE ET LATINE .  Accedunt Fragmenta Græce.  Juxta Editionem Novissimum atque accuratissimum SAMUELIS CLARKE [vignette as above] AMSTELAEDAMI, Apud J. WETSTENIUM.  MDCCXLIII. [vellum, duodecimo, pp. ii+879+INDEX RERUM IN ODYSSEA, HYMNIS, &c. MAXIME MEMORABILIUM, 17 pp. and a foldout of Greek and Roman monuments.  Slight tear on lower spine, else v.g.]

 This is the Homer edition Goethe made famous  in his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774).  Werther's letter of August 28th-- his own and Goethe's birthday--constitutes a turning point in the plot.  In the letter, Werther expresses pleasure at having received this Wettstein Homer. He contrasts the intimate little volumes with the heavily annotated edition by Johann Heinrich Ernesti (one of Goethe's professors at Leipzig).   Samuel Clarke (1675-1729) is remembered as the theologian and polymath whom Isaac Newton commissioned to translate the Optics into Latin, and who later became a correspondent with Leibniz.  He had edited Caesar's Commentaries in 1712, and in  1729 published the first 12 books of Homer's Iliad.  No price reference found.


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HOMERI ODYSSEA, BATRACHOMYOMACHIA, Hymni, & Epigrammata.  GRÆCE & LATINE - GRÆCA Ad principem H. Stephani, ut & ad primam omnium Demetrii Chalcondylæ editionem, atque insuper ad codd. Mss. sunt excussa -    EX LATINIS EDITIS Selecta sunt optima, verum ita interpolata, ut nov. plane versio videri possit - Currante STEPHANO BERGLERO TRANSYLVANO - [emblem of the phoenix flying toward the sun, motto  "POST FATA RESURGO"] PATAVII, Typis Seminarii - MDCCLXII. Apud Joannem Manfrè - SUPERIORUM PERMISSU, AC PRIVILEGIO -  [Vellum, octavo, Pp. xxiv + 765 + 8 pp. INDEX  in HOMERI ODYSSEAM.  +  1 p. license by Fra Paolo Antonio Ambrogi Inquisitore di Padova dated 19. Marzo 1742 and registered 3. Aprile 1742,  slight water marks.  On spine:  "HOMERI OPERA TO  II," which may suggest that the original title page is now missing, although the a gathering appears to be complete.  On the other hand, gathering a lacks two leaves, 4 & 5, or pp. 7-10 = lines 92-169 of Book I.]

This particular edition of the Odyssey appears to be hitherto unknown.  Philip H. Young, The Printed Homer (Jefferson, NC, 2003) lists five other imprints from this same Venetian printer Giovanni Manfrè, including translations of Homer into Italian and Spanish.  Young credits Manfrè with a 1777 Odyssey, and describes a title page identical to the above, but ending at the words "verum ita."  Presumably the 1777 printing no longer included the  Inquisitor's license supplied for this 1762 ed.  World Cat  reports a 1744 ed. of Homeri opera by the same editors and publisher, but describes vol. II  as having only xxiv+ 725 pp.

The font used by Manfrè is distinguished by its beautiful ligatures, e.g. for  ευ, ου, και, λλ, οσ, etc.  This may suggest connection with the Aldine house, also  in Venice, famous for having developed Greek typography in Erasmus's day, and also known for its ligatures.  Many early Homer editions included the apocryphal Batrachomyomachia, Hymns,  etc., as here.

As to the scholars honored on Manfrè's title leaf:   H. Stephani is better known as Henri Estienne (1531-1598), the Parisian humanist and printer, author of Thesaurus Graecae Linguae (1572).  Demetrios Chalcondyles (1423-1511) was an Athenian humanist active in Constantinople until he became tutor to the sons of Lorenzo de Medici, and subsequently professor in Padua.  Chalcondyles was the first to bring Homer into print, 1488.  Among subsequent editors was the Transylvanian Stephan Bergler (1680-1738), who is probably the author of the essay on Homer, dated Amsterdam, 1706, which constitutes the praefatio to this volume.

All the above goes to the truism:  a classic is an author monumentalized in scholarship.

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[Pp. 516, incl. a biography of Æsop, notes and index, followed by a 62-pp. editorial discussion. Half leather, rag paper, copper engravings of Æsop and of  Archilochus.  Appears to be the second volume of a scholarly ed. of the Greek Classics (Paris, 1810).]

Anyone can download Greek fonts to one's computer, but without them, when it comes to reading Greek, one's machine breaks down.  Therefore I have represented this Æsop title not with text, but as an image.  No price reference found.


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A GREEK READER SELECTED PRINCIPALLY FROM THE WORK OF FREDERIC JACOBS, PROFESSOR IN THE GYMNASIUM AT GOTHA, EDITOR OF THE GREEK ANTHOLOGY, &C., &C., WITH ENGLISH NOTES CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY, A METRICAL INDEX TO HOMER AND ANACREON, AND A COPIOUS LEXICON. BY CHARLES ANTHON, LL.D. AY-PROFESSOR OF THE GREEK AND LATIN LANGUAGES IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE, NEW-YORK, AND RECTOR OF THE GRAMMAR-SCHOOL.  NEW-YORK: PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS, NO. 82 CLIFF-STREET. 1851. [Pp. xiv+614.  Anthon also edited Greek reference works, a dictionary and a mythology. ]

A wonderful example of how the classical languages were learned, back in the day when they were learned.  Over two thirds of the pages are consumed by "Notes" facilitating translation, and the "Lexicon." Less thatn a third are left for actual text.

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CORNELLII SCHREVELII LEXICON MANUALE GRÆCO-LATINUM ET LATINO-GRÆCUM:  STUDIO ATQUE OPERA JOSEPHI HILL, JOANNIS ENTICK, GULIEMI BOWYER, NEC NON JACOBI SMITH, A.M. ADAUCTUM.  INSUPER QUOQUE AD CALCEM ADJECTA SUNT SENTENTIÆ GRÆCO-LATINÆ, QUIBUS OMNIA GRÆCÆ  LINGUÆ PRIMITIVA COMPREHENDUNTUR.  ITEM TRACTATUS DUO:  ALTER DE RESOLUTIONE VERBORUM, ALTER DE ARTICULIS;  UTERQUE PERUTILIS, ET ÆQUE DESIDERATUS.  EDITIO TERTIA AMERICANA, (JUXTA EDITIONEM DECIMAM NONAM EDINBURGIENSEM) PRIORE MULTO AUCTIOR ET EMENDATIOR.  NOVI-EBORACI:  IMPENSIS JACOBI EASTBURN ET SOC.  APUD CAMERAS LITERARIAS, BROADWAY. 1818 [Quarto, 584 pp. (not numbered).]

Cornelius Schrevelius was one of many important classicists produced by the Netherlands.  This  handbook first appeared in 1618, underwent scores of editions for three centuries in Europe and ten editions in America, of which the above is the third.  See Schrevelius's Cicero edition, below, #10.    Several copies of this Greek-Latin handbook are advertised on internet at about $200.  I beg the reader to consider the attested demand for Schrevelius in early America, by way of understanding those times.

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PLUTARCH’S LIVES.  THE TRANSLATION CALLED DRYDEN’S.  Corrected from the Greek and Revised by A. H. CLOUGH.  COMPLETE IN FIVE VOLUMES.  JOHN D. MORRIS & COMPANY.  PHILADELPHIA [No date.  Very elegant half leather “ATHENÆUM EDITION DELUXE . . . LIMITED TO ONE THOUSAND NUMBERED COPIES, OF WHICH THIS IS No. 115.” Contains numerous copper engravings of ancient sites.  Perfect, mostly uncut edition, but with the fly-leaf seal of Benjamin Gallup, Chicago.]. $600.

Alibris lists a copy with “slight wear.” on internet at $586.95. 

 

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The Complete Greek Tragedies.  Ed. by David Greene and Richard Lattimore. 4 Vols.  University of Chicago Press, 1992 [HC fine]

Two copies on internet for about $150, both defective.


ROMAN  

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TROGI POMPEI EXTERNAE HISTORIAE IN COMPENDIVM AB IUSTINO  REDACTAE. [=leaves 1-147] Externorum imperatorum uitæ authore Aemilio probo.  [=leaves 148-204.  colophon, leaf 204 recto:] VENETIIS AEDIBUS ALDI ET ANDREAE ASVLANI SOCERI, MENSE IAN. M D XXII.  [Thin, worn original vellum. Octavo leaves 204, Aldine anchor & dolphin on title page as well as on leaf 204 verso. A few contemporary marginalia.]

Pompeius Trogus was a prolific historian of the Augustan age.  None of his works survives.  [Marcus Julianus] Justinus is known only as the author of this "epitome" of Trogus, probably written during the second century.  It remained a popular source of historical knowledge during the Middle Ages.  Æmelius Probus was a fourth-century grammarian who claimed authorship of the Externorum imperatorum vitae.  Modern scholars attribute it to Cornelius Nepos. 

 The  Aldine Press founded  in Venice owes its fame to the commercial ties between Venice and Constantinople through which Greek learning reached Europe.  Its  founder, Aldus Manutius (1449-1515) developed the first font for printing Greek, so that, for example, a member of his academy, Desiderius Erasmus, was able to  print the New Testament Greek (in Basel, 1516).  Aldus's press was continued by his grandson and his son-in-law.  The latter, A. Asulanus,  wrote the praefatio on leaves 1v-3r.

Like many early Latin imprints, this one preserves scribal abbreviations traditional in Latin for common words, prefixes, and suffixes.  The font is entirely italics, for which Aldus  Manutius  had obtained a patent. The first letter of each chapter is minimally indicated, a space being left blank for an illuminated majuscule.  Several copies on the internet at prices ranging from $1,700-$1,900.  All are in modern, elegant, bindings.  This one is in the original vellum.

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Caesar and Christ.  A history of Roman Civilization and of Chrisianity from their beginings to A. D. 325.  By Will Durant.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1944.

I place Durant here among Latin works because his  is probably the best history of the period.   Durant dedicates Part III of The Story of Civilization  to Will his quondam student, whom he married and renamed "Ariel," his assistant for this and the earlier volumes,finally named co-author in the subsequent ones.  This first edition, in near fine condition (a small bookstore sticker on the rear endpaper and a small tear in the jacket) is a handsome book despite the note on the back of the title page that it was printed according to the guidelines of the War Production Board.  Unlike scholars of later date, the Durants write with the akribeia of the specialist, the comprehensive circumspection of the philosopher, and the irony of poets. See their Dual Autobiography, #47, below

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CAI  VALERI CATVLLI, ALBI TIBVLLI, SEXTI AVRELI PROPERTI, QUÆ EXTANT.  Cum elegantissimis JOANNIS LIVINEI Notis nunquam antehac editis, qui & PROPERTIVM ad Exemplar Vaticanum & membranas JOAN. SAMBVCI contulit. Nec non vberioribus JANI GEBHARDI Animadversionibus, qui è libris Pall. & MS. Comeliniano multa post BEROALDVM, MVRETVM, ACHILLEM STATIVM, GVL. CANTEREVM, JOS. SCALIGERVM, DOVSAS, PASSERATIVM eruit. Editio insuper auctior poëmatis, quæ Maximiano & Corn. Gallo tribuuntur Additus in fine Index vocum singularum labore Horati Tuscanellæ Florentini. FRANCOFVRTI, In Officina Wecheliana apud Danielem & Dauidem Aubrios & Clementem Schleichium.  ANNO M. DC. XXI   [Vellum, octavo Pp. 342 +193+178+312+plus a four-leaf HORATIVS TVSCANELLA LECTORI DE VSU HVIVS Indicis. $400.  Three copies on internet, appear to be identical but may lack the final remarks by the indexer, Horatius of Florence.]

 The Roman elegists, who  preoccupied Renaissance collators, offer here a wonderful example of how European humanism was concentrated in the Netherlands.  Cornelius Gallus (70-26 BC) had been regarded as the inspiration for Tibullus (54-19), Catullus (84-54), and Propertius (50-16), but modern scholars think that most of the poetry attributed to Gallus in fact originated only in the sixth century AD.  The Antwerp scholar Johann Livineius (1546-1599), whose notes are published here for the first time (posthumously), originated modern textual criticism; his friend Willem Canter (1542-75) introduced metrical considerations for emendations. Johannes Sambucus (Szamboky, 1531-85), was an Hungarian humanist best known today for his Emblemata, 1564.  Jan Gebhard in Groningen draws upon the landmark editions by Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609), Marc Antoine Muret (1526-1585), and Filippo Beroaldo (1453-1505). Achilles Statius is the Portugese humanist Aquiles Estaço. Jan Dousa (1545-1604), governor of Leyden, was a Plautus scholar, as was his elder son of the same name, librarian in Leyden.  But reference here  is probably to the younger son, Franciscus, who edited Lucilius in 1597.   Jean Passerat, French poet and Latinist, edited the elegists in 1608.  Most significant for sixteenth-century scholarship is what Horatius Tuscanella here calls his "index," actually a complete concordance to the three elegists.  Tuscanella defends his work in a brief appendix.  --I would be most grateful for help with " è libris Pall. & MS. Comeliniano."  I am guessing that a Paduan or Venetian printer / bookdealer is intended.

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M. TULLII CICERONIS OPERA OMNIA: Cum GRVTERI Et Selecti variorum notis & indicibus locuplentissimis, Accurante C. Schrevelio. Amstelodami, Apud Ludovicum et Danielem Elezevirios Lugd. batavorum. Apud Fransciscum Hackium. Ao .1661.  [Title page is an engraving of Cicero before the Senate.  [Contemporary half vellum.  Pp. 1340 + 15 pp. INDEX OPERUM M. TULLII CICERONIS GRÆCO-LATINUS, CONTINENS GRÆCAS DICTIONES  PASSIM OCCURENTES Et earum Interpretationes. +36 pp. INDEX RERUM, VERBORUM ET PHRASIUM MAXIME MORABILIUM.]
 

 The Dutch scholar Jan Gruter had issued Cicero's complete works in 1618.  His fellow countryman Cornelius Schrevelius (cp. #5 above) credits Gruterus for notes and variants, and honors him with several eulogies. These prefatory writings stem from a time when Spanish tyranny under Philip II was still fresh in memory.  The Dutch, proud of their republican tradition, here elevate Cicero as champion of republican rule.  Schrevelius patriotically dedicates the Cicero edition to William of Orange, the then eleven-year-old stadholder who was to become king of England after the Glorious Revolution.  For his colony in Virginia William chartered the College of William and Mary. It is not surprising that an American revolutionary, John Adams, should own a copy of Cicero, now in the Adams library.  It  is identical with this one, right down to the misprinting "676" on p. 679.  < http://www.us.archive.org/ >. $750.  Book Auction Records 94 (1996), "153, in 2 vols., ornate early 18th-century binding, a Paris booksellers inscription on endpapers: FRF 9,500" (=$1,264)." Offered by Bowen’s Books on internet in a less desirable copy for $475.

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M. Tullii Ciceronis  TUSCULANARUM DISPUTATIONUM LIBRI V. Cum COMMENTARIO  JOANNIS DAVISII. EDITIO SECUNDA, AUCTIOR ET EMENDATIOR.  CANTABRIGIÆ:  TYPIS ACADEMICIS.  SUMPTIBUS CORNELII CROWNFIELD, CELEBRERRIMÆ ACADEMIÆ TYPOGRAPHI.  PROSTANT APUD  JACOBUM KNAPTON, ROB. KNAPLOCK, & PAULLUM VAILLANT, BIBLIOPOLIS LONDENIENSIS.  MDCCXXIII.  [Boards and leather  spine. Beautiful large Octavo. Pp. viii+398. No price reference yet found.]

  John Davies (1679-1732), a student of Richard Bentley, first edited the Tusculan Dispuations in 1709 
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M. VALERII MARTIALIS EPIGRAMMATA AD OPTIMAS EDITIONES COLLATA. PRÆMITTITUR NOTITIA LITERARIA STUDIIS SOCIETATIS BIPONTINÆ.  EDITIO ACCURATA. BIPONTI.  EX TYPOGRAPHIA SOCIETATIS. MDCCLXXXIV. [Octavo pp. xl+283. Title engraving of a medal of Nerva, contemporary boards with leather spine.  This is a scholarly presentation by Matthaeus Raderus:  iii-xviii, vita; xix-xl, notitia literaria (edd. and versions); 1-14, spectaculis lib.;15-283, seven books of epigrams.  No price reference yet found.]
 

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Des Publius Ovidius Naso Festkalender, im Versmaße des Originals verdeutscht von E. Klußmann.  Zweite Auflage.  Stuttgart.  Hoffmann’sche Verlags-Buchhandlung. 1867.  [Pp. xvi+208 bound together with] . . . Klagelieder, Briefe aus Pontus, Halientica und Ibis. Im Versmaße der Urschrift übersetzt und erläutert von Dr. Alexander Berg.  In 2 Bändchen. Erstes Bändchen: Klagelieder.  Zweite Auflage.  Stuttgart und Leipzig.  Verlag von Wilhelm Nübling. [Pp. 126, bound together with]  . . . Zweites Bändchen:  Briefe aus Pontus, Halieutica und Ibis.  Stuttgart.  Krais & Hoffmann.  1865 [Pp. 161, HL with the lovely colored boards of the period, very good condition throughout, but on the fragile paper of the 19th century--contains an index of proper names.  No price reference found.]
 

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Des Cajus Sallustius Crispus Werke, übersetzt imd erläutert von Dr. C. Cseß, Oberstudienrath, R.d.O.d.W. Krone.  Erstes Bändchen.  Der Krieg gegen Jugurtha.  Zweite, verbesserte Auflage.  Stuttgart. Krais & Hoffmann.  1865.  [bound together  with] . . . . Zweites Bändchen.  Die Verschwörung Catilina’s und Bruchstücke aus den Geschichtsbüchern sammt Lebensabriß und Charakteristik des Salustius.   . . . 1868 [This is bound identically with the Ovid above, and in identical condition, but the print is somewhat finer.].  No price reference found.]
 

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L. ANNAEI SENECAE OPERA, QUAE EXTANT OMNIA. Cum D. Erasmi Rot. Scholijs, Beati Rhenani in ludum de morte Claudij Cæsaris, Rodolphi Agricolæ in declamationes aliquot commentarijs; ac Fernandi Pinciani in universum opus castigationibus. Indice rerum et verborum locuplete adjecto. [griffon emblem] LVGDVNVM APVD  SEB. GRYPHIVM, 1555. [Vellum, octavo Pp. 24+955.  Excellent condition (vellum spine deftly repaired by a professional hand, one small tear or wormhole) A few margninalia from a 16th-century hand which attempted also to mark out the name Erasmus wherever it occurs. This volume, presumably the first of two, contains letters only.  On an inner cover a record of the unfortunate purchase (Paris, 1958) by an American who not only signed his name there in red ink but also placed his personal stamp on the back cover, the title page, and pp. 289, 416, 591, 662, 668, and 805, as well as his impress seal on the title leaf et f.  Thus this precious witness to ancient philosophy and 16th century scholarship of the highest order testifies also to the survival of ancient vandalism No price reference found.]


 
 

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ALBII TIBVLLI CARMINA.  LIBRI TRES CVM LIBRO QVARTO SVLPICIAE ET ALIORUM.  NOVIX CVRIS CASTIGAVIT CHR. G. HEYNE [vignette].  EDITIO TERTIA EMENDATIOR ET AVCTIOR.  LIPSIAE APUD IOANNEM GOTTLOB FEINDIVM.  MDCCXCVIII.  [Vellum, 2 large octavo in 1.  Pp xcii+222,  and OBSERVATIONES IN TIBVLLUM, pp. 343, of which last 74 pp. is a word index.  Pages slightly discolored, otherwise very good]. $100.  Available in poorer condition from Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc.

OTHER LATIN
 

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VETUS TESTAMENTUM JVXTA EXEMPLAR VATICANUM TOMUS III.  AD USUM COLLEGII S. CONGREGATIONIS DE PROPAGANDA FIDE. [Vignette] ROMÆ  [M]DCCLXVIII. EX EJUSDEM SACRÆ CONGREGATIONIS TYPOGRAPHIO.  PRÆSIDIVM ADPROEATIONE. [contains Paralipomena I & II, Esdras, Tobias, Judith, Esther, Job, incl. S. Jerome's prefaces.  Contemporary cardboard with vellum spines.  Quarto, pp. xvi + 663].

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VETUS TESTAMENTUM JVXTA EXEMPLAR VATICANUM TOMUS IV.  AD USUM COLLEGII S. CONGREGATIONIS DE PROPAGANDA FIDE. [Vignette] ROMÆ  [M]DCCLXVIII. EX EJUSDEM SACRÆ CONGREGATIONIS TYPOGRAPHIO.  PRÆSIDIVM ADPROEATIONE. [Psalmi, Proverba,Canticum canticorum, Sapientia, Ecclesiasticus, incl. S. Jerome's prefaces.  Contemporary cardboard with vellum spines.  Quarto, pp. vii + 661].
 

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Jacobi de Voragine opusculum in sermones dominicales compositum finit filiciter [Straßburg:  Johann Grüninger] Anno domini  1484 pridie calendas Augusti die vero saturni.  [Folio. Covers and several leaves missing, index begins with “Falsus propheta,” i.e. A through E are lost.  Some pages torn, some water stained.  Bound together with  sermones de sanctorum festis [Straßburg:  Johann Grüninger] Anno salutis 1484 tercio nonas nouembris.  This collection is in better condition.  Only one leaf (118) of 125 is missing.  Some watermarks throughout.  Jacobus is known today for his Golden Legend, which seems still to retain devotional value.  His sermons, or more accurately perhaps, sermon aids, were much used in his day.   Individual incunabulum leaves from Jacobus are usually listed at several hundred dollars each.
 

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CHRISTOPHERI CELLARII BREVIARIUM ANTIQUITATUM ROMANARUM ACCURANTE HIERONYMO FREYERO PÆD. REG. GLAUCH. INSP. [vignette] AUGUSTÆ TAURINORUM [Turin].  EX TYPOGRAPHIA REGIA. MDCCXLII. Superiorum permissu.  [Vellum.  Octavo.  Pp. xii+192, title vignette: eagle.  In quite perfect condition (especially the full vellum binding), this introduction to Latin studies is by the author of the Geography of Antiquity, which remained popular for many centuries. I have found no transactions for this apparently unknown little work.]
 

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ERASMUS VON ROTTERDAM.  HANS HOLBEIN D. J.  DAS LOB DER TORHEIT.  Mit den Randzeichnungen der Basler Ausgabe.  Deutsch von Alfred Hartmann.  Mit einer Einführung herausgegeben von Curt Loehning.  Verlag Gebr. Mann. Berlin, 1950 [Loehning’s introduction and commentary in an accompanying pamphlet, so as to reserve the main volume to Erasmus and Holbein.]

ENGLISH
 

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MAPS, PLANS, VIEWS, AND COINS, ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE TRAVELS OF ANACHARSIS THE YOUNGER IN GREECE, DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE FOURTH CENTURY, BEFORE THE CHRISTIAN ÆRA.  THE FOURTH EDITION,  ACCURATELY RE-ENGRAVED FROM THOSE OF THE LAST PARIS EDITION.  LONDON: PRINTED FOR J.JOHNSON . . . .  1806. [pp. viii+112 large quarto, followed by a large foldout map of Greece in color and 39 folio plates, several in color.  Copper engraving of the author, Abbé Barthélemy. Wear shown in the (mended) foldout and in the book's original paper cover, which is tattered. Some spotting.  New endpapers and new, standard binding. $200.  This work, named after Anacharsis, the legendary Skythian travler (a refined barbarian), first appeared in French in 1788, becoming a popular “coffee-table” display at a time when Classicism was much in vogue.  I find no other example of this English 1806 ed., but there are many earlier and later ones, often in very elegant bindings.]

 
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MACAULAY'S ESSAYS AND LAYS OF ANCIENT ROME WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND A PORTRAIT.  Longman's Green, and co. . . . New York and Bombay, 1899. [Pp.  x+  808, frontispiece a portrait of Macaulay, also four plates illustrating "Lays of Ancient Rome.  An elegant leather binding embossed in gold with the coat of arms of THE CITY OF LONDON'S ORPHAN SCHOOL.

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THE POETICAL WORKS OF Sir WALTER SCOTT, Bart.  IN EIGHT VOLUMES.  EDINBURGH:  PRINTED FOR ARCH. CONSTABLE AND CO. EDINBURGH:  LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN; JOHN MURRAY; AND HURST, ROBINSON, AND CO., lONDON. 1822.  [opposite, verso:] Printed by James Ballentyne  and Company.  [one copper engraving per quarto vol. Vol 1 also has a portrait of Scott as title engraving. $240.  EVCO offers Vol. 8 of this (2nd) ed. at $37.]
 

GERMAN

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Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  Alte deutsche Lieder.  L. Achim v. Arnim.  Clemens Brentano.
Erster Theil.  Zweite Auflage 1819.  Heidelberg bey Moßr [sic] ü: Winter. [ Title page in ornate Fraktur, engraving of a boy on a horse, bearing a cornucopia]

Wunderhorn.  Alte deutsche Lieder.  A. von Arnim C. Brentano.  II. Heidelberg bey Mohr und Zimmer 1808. [This title page in ornate Fraktur, engraving of a fantastic cornucopia bearing the words “mater dei”]
Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  Alte deutsche Lieder.  gesammelt von L. A. v. Arnim.  und Clemens Brentano.  Dritter Band. [on a subsequent page, with ornate font and an engraving of a couple playing lute and harp] Wunderhorn.  Alte deutsche Lieder.  A. von Arnim C. Brentano.  III.  Heidelberg bey Mohr und Zimmer 1808.[Then a third full title page, in ordinary Fraktur.  This is a 1928 reproduction of the origninal 3-vol. set by Oskar Weitzmann with artisans in Leipzig on the occasion of Clemens Brentano’s 150th birthday, in perfect condition except that spines are somewhat faded.  Large Octavo, pp. 446, 454, 490. $75. Copies available on internet for about DM 100.] 
 

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D. Siegmund Jacob Baumgartens Evangelische Glaubenslehre.  Zweiter Band.  Mit einigen Anmerkungen, Vorrede und historischen Einleitung herausgegeben von D. Johann Salomon Semler. [vignette] Mit Königlich-Polnischer und Churfürstlich-Sächsischer allergnädigster Freiheit.  HALLE, bey Johann Justinus Gebauer. 1760. [quarto pp. 956. water stains, mold, board covers damaged].

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Max und Moritz eine Bubengeschichte von Wilhelm Musch.  München.  Verlag von Braun und Schneider, 1925.  [Pp. ii + 56 +viii. Cardboard with colored illustrations.  Fair condition]

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Goethe’s Schriften. Erster--Achter Band.  Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1787-1790 [Hagen #11 So, octavo, contemporary cardboard.   Vol. I has a copper engraving by Daniel Chodowiecki (instead of Ramberg) and, in addition, an inserted copper engraving by Chodowiecki with a portrait of Werther above and, below, Werther kneeling before a seated Lotte, kissing her; vol II does have the extra Chodowiecki for Götz;  vol. III corresponds with So in all instsnces but one (p. 156,10 has the variant from Sm); vol. IV does contain the continuation of subscribers from vol. I, and does contain the additional copper engraving; vol. V, p. 200 is without error, the inserted page is unnumbered, and p. 337 = So;  vol. VII corresponds with So.  Book Auction Records 88 (1991-2), 253, lists several copies, the best at: NLG 1150 =($455), also one with a volume missing and other defects: £ 2000 (=$2,828); another which has been rebacked: £ 250.  This is the edition of his works which Goethe, provoked by unauthorized publishings, put together while on his trip to Italy, 1786-88, and contains of course what he had completed before he was forty, to a large extent the works for which he is best known today.]
  

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Goethe's neue Schriften.  Erster Band. Mit einem Kupfer.  Berlin.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger.  1800.  [All vols. in contemporary brown cardboard, gold leaf on spine. Vol. 1= Hagen #14, a Doppeldruck consisting of gatherings from both N and N1, of which this is N2 (see p. 17).  Pages are somewhat thinner than in the later vols., and some gatherings with a blueish cast.  Cagliostros Stammbaum is a foldout at end.].  All have a stamp on the title page:  FH.
__________________.  Zweyter Band. Mit Kurfürstl. Sächs. Privilegium. Berlin.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger.  1794.  [Hagen N, but without errata page.  Title page bears contemporary stamp in antiqua caps:  F H.]
__________________.  Dritter Band.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger.  1795.  [Hagen N, has all 3 foldouts with songs.]
__________________.  Vierter Band.  Mit Kurfürstl. Sächs. Privilegium. Berlin.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger.  1795.  [Hagen N, contains both foldouts with songs.]
__________________.  Fünfter Band.  Mit Kurfürstl. Sächs. Privilegium. Berlin.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795. [Hagen N, contains both foldouts with songs.]
__________________.  Sechster Band.  Mit Kurfürstl. Sächs. Privilegium. Berlin.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger.  1796. [Hagen N, lacks the foldout with songs]
__________________.  Siebenter Band. [vignette] Mit Kurfürstl. Sächs. Privilegium. Berlin.  Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1800. [Hagen N, frontispiece by Johann H. Meyer, and does contain the two copper engravings.]

  Book Auction Records 88 (1990-91), 252:  CHF 3,600 (=$2,131); Book Auction Records 90 (1992-3), 266: DM 1,300 (=$580).  On the internet one finds six copies, prices:$1318, $1500, $2027, $3323, $3832, $3857.  None contains more than seven of the eight song foldouts. This represents Goethe's attempt to bring the works up to date, and perhaps his dissatisfaction with Göschen.  It includes the Elegien, which had appeared in Schiller's Horen,  the four volumes of Wilhem Meisters Lehrjahre, and Reinicke Fuchs.

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Goethe's Werke. Erster--Dreizehntter Band. Tübingen in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1806--1810. [Hagen #16 Aß except where only A exists (vol. x with, vol. xi without Kurrelmeyer's Preßkorrektur.  Small octav, contemporary cardboard with leather corners and spine. .  Inscribed by the wife of the mayor of Hamburg to Josephine Lhoete, 1809.  Vol. 8 has Lilis Park at end, with a note giving correct location in Vol. 1. Vol. 12 has a foldout with the family tree of Joseph Balsamo (Cagliostro), as well as musical insert (correctly inserted after p. 116 but retaining the typographical errors pazienza and Franbia which Hagen associates with the incorrectly inserted song.). Subscriber list not present.. Vol. 13, with the new novel, Die Wahlverwandtschaften, did not appear until after the first twelve had already been published (and in this case purchased and bound) has an identical spine but the contemporary boards are of different design.  Book Auction Records 90 (1992-93), 266, 13 vols. with subscriber list: DM 2,800 (=$1,249); Book Auction Records 91 (1993-4), 260, mixed and damaged: £ 260 (=$368; Book Auction Records 93 (1995), 204, with subscribers’ list, 13 vols: DM2,000 (vol. 13, , which appeared in the same year, but after some sets had already been sold. Another copy listed on same page without 13th vol. without the subscribers list, and with additional damage, for DM 700 (=$312; Book Auction Records 95 (1997), 275, 13 vols. in good condtn: £ 1,000 (=$1,414).  This is the first edition of the works by Goethe's now permanent publisher.  It includes the first appearance of Faust I, where the Göschen ed. above had contained only Faust. Ein Fragment.  To these twelve volumes was added a thirteenth, his new novel Die Wahlverwandtschaften.  During the next decade, Cotta issued an additional, 20-vol. set of Goethe's works, which I do not own.  The third Cotta edition is the last to appear in Goethe's lifetime, see the next item.]
 

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Goethe’s Werke.  Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand.  Erster-Vierzigster Band. Unter des durchlauchtigsten deutschen Bundes schützenden Privilegien.  Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung. 1827-1830.  [Contemporary cardboard.  Octavo (Taschen-Ausgabe=Hagen 23 C1). Each vol. With a copper engraving. All vols. vellum color except Vol 38, in a dark contemp. pattern with leather spine and corners. My copy includes 6 vols of the (15-vol.) Nachlaß.   Book Auction Records 92 (1994-5), 266 : 55 vols. DM 1,800 (=$802; 93 (1995), 204:  55 vols. DM 2,700 (=$1,204; another: DM 1,200 (=$535); 95 (1997), 275: 55 vols. £220 (=$311); 40 vols: NLG 1,000 (=$396).]

Goethe’s Werke.  Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand.  Ein und vierzigster [bis] Drey und vierzigster . . . Sechs und vierzigster [bis] Acht und vierzigster Band. Unter des durchlauchtigsten deutschen Bundes schützenden Privilegien.  Stuttgart und Tübingen,  in der J. G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung. 1832.  [Contemporary cardboard.  Octavo (Taschen-Ausgabe=Hagen 23: C1). Each vol with a copper engraving. All 6 vols. match the set described above.  These are Nachlaß vols. Which are not thus designated on the title page.  See Hagen p. 54 below, and previous note.  My copy of the Ausgabe letzter Hand, complete for the works proper, selective of the Nachlaß volumes, obviously reflects the original owner’s desire to complete the better-known works: 41=Faust II, 42=the other two versions of Götz, 43=Schweizerreise and Reisen am Rhein und Main, 46=Auswärtige Literatur und Volkspoesie, 47=Gedichte, 48=Aus meinem Leben vierter Teil.]
 

Inhalts- und Namen-Verzeichnisse über sämmtlilche Goethe’sche Werke nach der Ausgabe letzter Hand und dem Nachlasse, verfertigt von Carl Theodor Musculus unter Mitwirkung des Hofraths und Bibliothekars Dr. Riemer.  Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung. 1835.  Pp. viii+301 [Contemporary brown cardboard, good condition.  Octavo (Taschen-Ausgabe=Hagen 23a)].   Book Auction Records 94 (1996), 295, worn and defective: DM 460(=$205).]  This rare index to the above definitive edition of Goethe's opus was a present to me from Professor Philip M. Mitchell.

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Goethes Werke. Unter Mitwirkung mehrerer Fachgelehrter herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Karl Heinemann.  Kritisch durchgesehene und erläuterte Ausgabe. Erster-Fünfzehnter Band.   Leipzig und Wien.  Bibliographisches Institut, 1900. [beautiful half leather, gold lettering, very good, but some pencil marginalia].  Bookman’s Price Index 67 (  ), 329:  $398.  This was the "standard" Goethe prior to the appearance of the Jubiläums-Ausgabe in 40 Bänden (below) and the completion of the Weimar ed., on which it relies.
 

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Goethes Sämtliche Werke.  Jubiläums-Ausgabe in 40 Bänden.  Stuttgart und Berlin.  J. G. Metzler'sche Buchandlung Nachfolger, 1902 [except for the signature on the flyleaf of vol. 1, of Albert Aron (head of the German Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana, in the 1930's, this is a near perfect copy, with all plates and illustrations. This definitive edition cullminates German scholarship of the 19th century and celebrates the Cotta edition of a century earlier:  my  #27 above.   Book Auction Records 89 (1991-1992), 236, considerable damage $500; Book Auction Records 92 (1994-95), 270: DM 1,300 (=$580); Book Auction Records 93 (1995), 204: DM550 (=$245).]
 

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Goethes Werke in sechs Bänden.  Im Auftrage der Goethe-Gesellschaft ausgewählt und herausgegeben von Erich Schmidt.  Erster-Sechster Band.  Erschienen im Insel-Verlag. Leipzig, 1909 [Typical green cardboard.  V.g.  Ex libris Julius Vogel in vols 2,3,5.  Vol. 6 has the name Vogel written in pencil; vols. 1 & 4 with new endpapers, and may have forfeited the exlibris.].  Two copies offered on internet for $80, one in leather, one in boards.  The German Goethe Society did much to apotheosize Goethe as "Poet-Prince," something of a surrogate for the deity recently lost to Germany's self-conscious middle class aspiring to sophistication.  This abridged Goethe, edited by the most eminent scholar of the day, is only one example of the many little "Jahresgaben" to the membership.]
 

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WERKE GOETHES. HERAUSGEGEBEN VON DER DEUTSCHEN AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN ZU BERLIN UNTER LEITUNG VON ERNST GRUMACH.  AKADEMIE-VERLAG. BERLIN [The intention of this government-sponsored Akademie-Goethe was replacement of the standard Weimar edition, 1883 ff., the major accomplishment of 19th-century German literary scholarship (see below).   For the new German Democratic Republic, 1949-1961, that meant revising the scholarly principles developed by bourgoise German philology.  One basic distinction, for example,  had to do with the philological ideal of the "critical" text, which 20th-century editors no longer accepted.  Instead, they preferred a precise reproduction of some one actual (usually the first) imprint.  Perhaps for political reaons, this Akademie-Goethe, a grand undertaking, was never completed.  Lovely, brown linen volumes with two (noted) exceptions.  I possess the following.].

GOETHE.  JUGENDWERKE.  1. DRAMEN UND DRAMATISCHE SZENEN (1757-1773).  BEARBEITER DES BANDES HANNA FISCHER-LAMBERG. 1953.

GOETHE.  JUGENDWERKE.  2. DRAMEN UND DRAMATISCHE SZENEN (1757-1773).  BEARBEITER DES BANDES HANNA FISCHER-LAMBERG. 1953.

GOETHE. JUGENDWERKE.  3. PROSASCHRIFTEN (1757-1775). BEARBEITER DES BANDES HANNA FISCHER-LAMBERG. 1956.

GOETHE.  DIE LEIDEN DES JUNGEN WERTHERS.  1. TEXT.  ERSTE UND ZWEITE FASSUNG,  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNA MERKER.  1954.

GOETHE.  GÖTZ VON BERLICHINGEN.  1. DIE GESCHICHTE GOTTFRIEDENS VON BERLICHINGEN.   GÖTZ VON BERLICHINGEN (PARALLELDRUCK).  BEARBEITER DES BANDES JUTTA NEUENDORFF-FÜRSTENAU. 1958.

GOETHE.  FAUST.  1. URFAUST.  FAUST. EIN FRAGMENT.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH.  1954 [Contains in photocopy  the so-called Urfaust Handschrift]

GOETHE.  FAUST.  2. FAUST. DER TRAGÖDIE ERSTER THEIL.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH [&] INGE JENSEN.  1958.

GOETHE.  URFAUST-FAUST. EIN FRAGMENT-DER TRAGÖDIE ERSTER THEIL (PARALLELDRUCK).  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH [&] INGE JENSEN. 1958.

GOETHE.  EPEN.  1.TEXT.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES SIEGFRIED SCHEIBE.  1958.

GOETHE.  EPEN.  2. ÜBERLIEFERUNG, VARIANTEN UND PARALIPOMENA.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES SIEGFRIED SCHEIBE.  1958.

GOETHE.  EGMONT.  1. TEXT.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ELISABETH VÖLKER. 1957.

GOETHE.  TORQUATO TASSO.  1. TEXT. BEARBEITER DES BANDES LIESELOTTE BLUMENTHAL.  1954.

GOETHE.  DRAMEN UND DRAMATISCHE SZENEN VOR DER JAHRHUNDERTWENDE (1788-1799).  1. TEXT. Teil 1.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ILSE-MARIE KÜMMEL.  1958.

GOETHE.  DRAMEN UND DRAMATISCHE SZENEN VOR DER JAHRHUNDERTWENDE (1788-1799).  1. TEXT. Teil 2.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ILSE-MARIE KÜMMEL.  1958.

GOETHE.  DRAMEN UND DRAMATISCHE SZENEN VOR DER JAHRHUNDERTWENDE (1788-1799).  1. TEXT. Teil 1.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ILSE-MARIE KÜMMEL.  1958.

GOETHE.  DRAMEN UND DRAMATISCHE SZENEN VOR DER JAHRHUNDERTWENDE (1788-1799).  1. TEXT. Teil 1.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ILSE-MARIE KÜMMEL.  1958.
GOETHE.  DIE WAHLVERWANDSCHAFTEN.  1.TEXT.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES HELMUT PRASCHEK. 1963.

GOETHE.  WILHELM MEISTER.  5. ÜBERLIEFERUNG UND LESARTEN LIEF. 1:  WILHELM MEISTERS THEATRALISCHE SENDUNG.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES RENATE FISCHER-LAMBERG.  1960 [paper].

GOETHE.  DIE WAHLVERWANDSCHAFTEN.  2. ÜBERLIEFERUNG, VARIANTEN UND PARALIPOMENA.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES.  HELMUT PRASCHEK. 1965  [paper-bound, strapped onto back cover of the above].

GOETHE. WEST-ÖSTLICHER DIVAN.  1. TEXT.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH.  1952.

GOETHE. WEST-ÖSTLICHER DIVAN.  2. NOTEN UND ABHANDLUNGEN.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH.  1952.

GOETHE. WEST-ÖSTLICHER DIVAN.  3. PARALIPOMENA.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH.  1952.

ERGÄNZUNGSBAND 2.  QUELLEN UND ZEUGNISSE ZUR DRUCKGESCHICHTE VON GOETHES WERKEN.  1. GESAMTAUSGABEN BIS 1822.  BEARBEITER DES BANDES WALTRAUD HAGEN.  UNTER MITARBEIT VON EDITH NAHLER.

ERGÄNZUNGSBAND 3.  GOETHE.  URFAUST-FAUST. EIN FRAGMENT-DER TRAGÖDIE ERSTER THEIL (PARALLELDRUCK).  BEARBEITER DES BANDES ERNST GRUMACH [&] INGE JENSEN. 1958 [already listed above, with the other Faust volumes].
 

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Goethes Briefe.  Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Großherzogin Sophie von Sachsen.  Bde. 1-50.  Weimar:  Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1887-1012 [half leather, excellent condition, but bears the signature of Alfons Stark-Weissenfels, as well as the stamp of the Landesmuseum in Linz.  No price reference found.]
 

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GOETHE.  DIE SCHRIFTEN ZUR NATURWISSENSCHAFT.  Vollständige mit Erläuterungen versehene Ausgabe herausgegeben im Auftrage der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher zu Halle. Leopoldina.
Erste Abteilung:  Texte.  Band 1-11.  Weimar:  Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1947-70 [many illustrations and plates, excellent condition, with some dust jackets]
Zweite Abteilung: Ergänzungen und Erläterungen.  Band 3, Band 4, Band 6.  Weimar.  Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1961, 1973, 1959 [These are the important notes and commentary to the Optik, Farbenlehre, and historischer Teil of the Farbenlehre. Companion to the Akademie-Goethe, the Leopoldina ed. of Goethe's scientific writings does in fact supersede the Weimar ed. of them, edited by Fr. Steiner.]
 

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Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand.  Ein Schauspiel. 1773. [octavo pp. 206,  in a new, professionally prepared shell, but bound in contemporary cardboard somewhat scuffed, pages slightly browned, else in perfect condition.  Cover page contains full bibliographical references in pencil hand by Roland Folter = Hagen #46, D1..  I have been able to find no comparable example, but here are sales I looked up in 2002.  Book Auction Records 88 (1990-91), 250-1, title rehinged, lacks last, blank page, cont. hf. leather, spine floral glt., cold. marble end pages, slightly bumped: CHF 32,000 (=$18,944; Book Auction Records 92 (1994-5), 270, minor tears on title and one leaf restored, 1 corner torn off, inner gutter hole, small hole from paper flaw in 2 ll, cropped from rebinding in contemporary style leather, gold tooled border, spine glt, dentelles glt: DM 15000 (=$6,690).  In his autobiography, Goethe tells how his wealthy friend J. H. Merck put up the printing costs, Goethe himself paying for the paper.   Goethe claims he never even recovered that money.  The drama established Goethe's fame in Europe by its rejection of the liberal Enlightenment, which had relied precisely on the theater for teaching refined taste.  The hero's outburst at the high point of the drama (end of Act III) still enjoys fame among schoolboys: 

  Sag deinem Hauptmann:  Vor Ihro Kayserliche Majestät, hab ich, wie immer schuldigen Respect.  Er aber, sags ihm, er kann mich im Arsch lecken.  (schmeist das Femster zu)

       In  the  collected works (see above, #25) Goethe shortens the phrase to "er kann mich -- -- --," and so it has remained in all subsequent editions.   Alone this little volume bound in simple boards, contains the words, near the top of p. 133.  Had tastes changed during the post-revolutionary interim?  When in 1795 Goethe chose to publiish his erotica romana from the 1780s,  he purged and even suppressed some of them.

 

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Die Leiden des jungen Werthers.  Erster Theil.  Leipzig, in der Weigandschen Buchhandlung. 1774 [octavo pp. 254. Contemporary ink word at bottom edge of title page, the signature "Henriette Göhr" opposite, a library number, probably 19th century, stamped on p. 3 (A2), 4 copper engravings.  Contemporary leather, worn, pieces of spine missing.  Otherwise very good.

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Die Leiden des jungen Werthers. Erster Theil. Freystadt, 1775 [octavo pp. 144].  Bound together with:

Freuden des jungen Werthers.  Leiden und Freuden Werthers des Mannes. Voran und zulezt ein Gespräch.  Freystadt, 1775.  pp. 32, copper engraving on title page]. Very good contemporary cardboard.

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Aus meinem Leben Dichtung und Wahrheit Von Goethe.  Erster--Dritter Theil.  Tübingen, in der J. G. Cottaschen Buchhandlung. 1811, 1812., 1814. [Hagen #363, 1-3.  These are volumes of the original edition, containing as yet only the first 14 books of the autobiography (the Italienische Reise and Campagne in Frankreich would come out 1814-22).  All three title pages bear a near contemporary, circular stamp, “R.D.L.G.” in Fraktur, but each quarto volume is of a slightly different size.  Vol. I is is in (contemporary) cardboard with leather spine and corners, some water marks, vol. III has leather only on the spine, and Vol. II, with no leather at all, shows scuffing on the cardboard.  Good condition.  Book Auction Records 88 (1990-1), 250: $398; Book Auction Records 90 (1992-3), 266:  DM 2200 (=$981).]  This important exemplar was a gift to me from Professor Philip M. Mitchell.

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Egmont.  ein Trauerspiel in fünf Aufzügen.  [colophon:] Diese öffentliche Ausgabe von Goethes Egmont-Handschrift wurde mit Genehmigng der Preußischen Staatsbibliothek vom Maximilian-Verlag (Max Staercke) in Berlin in einer numerierten Auflage von 400 Exemplaren hergestellt.   . . . Den Originaleinband der Handschrift kopierte nach der alten Vorlage die Buchbinderei Wilhelm Kämmerer (Berlin) . . ..  [pencil, in German hand:  1939    Nr. 128.  Does not have original box, or the facsimile of Beethoven’s setting to “Freudvoll und leidvoll,” also part of the original issue. $100.  Offered by Antiquariat Buechel-Baur  at $166, but with the Beethoven ms.]
 

40

Italienische Reise von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  Herausgegegeben von Richard Müller-Freienfels.  Volksverband der Bücherfreunde.  Wegweiser-Verlag G.m.b.H. Berlin [no date, 2 vols. in 1., 5 plates.  On the reverse of the title page the designation as a special edition limited to the membership of the Volksverband der Bücherfreunde.  This would appear to be an organization of the 1930's. No price reference found.]

41

Goethe.  Wilhelm Meisters theatralische Sendung nach der Schultheß’schen  Abschrift herausgegeben von Harry Maync.  Stuttgart und Berlin 1911.  J. G. Cotta’sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger.  [Pp. xxxix+416, professionally repaired original cardboard binding scuffed on edges, otherwise fine.  First publication of the theatralische Sendung, with introduction by the scholar who discovered it in Switzerland.  $25. Internet refers two copies.

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KLOPSTOCKS WERKE DRITTER [BIS] SECHSTER BAND.   DER MESSIAS ERSTER [BIS] VIERTER BAND.  LEIPZIG Bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1799.  [Large quarto, contemporary cardboard covers with leather spines and corners, large copper engraving in each vol by H. T. Füger and Th. John.  --The last of these title pages prints the volume numbers incorrectly; they have been corrected in pencil. No price reference found.]

42a

Die Erziehung des Manschengeschlechts.  Haec omnia inde esse in quibusdem vera, unde in quibusdam falsa sunt.Augustinus. Herausgegeben von Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.  Berlin, 1785. Bey Christian Friedrich Voß und Sohn. [Pp. ii + 90, contemporary cardboard, fine.  World Cat. lists the 1780 edition.]


42b

D. Martin Luthers Kleiner Catechismus mit Sprüchen der heiligen Schrifft füdie liebe Jugend kürtzlich erläutert. Nebst denen Christlichen Frag-Stücken für die, welche zum Heil. Abendmahl gehen wollen, wie auch der Ordnung des Heyls.  Franckfurth und Leipzig, Jm Jahr Christi 1722 [Pp ii +192, bound in vellum together with] Gottfried Arnolds Kön. Preuß. Inspect. Christlicher Unterricht . . . Franckfurt und Leipzig, Verlegts Johann Georg Böhme, 1722. [Pp. 116 + Jnhalt der Capitel, iv]

43

C. M. WIELAND.  DON SYLVIO VON ROSALVA.  MIT 24 ORIGINAL-LITHOGRAPHIEN VON JULIUS ZIMPEL.  KUNSTVERLAG ANTON SCHROLL & CO. GES. M. B. H IN WIEN. [India paper in cloth, pp. 563. On p. 558:”Der Abdruck des Textes erfolgte nach der Göschen’schen Originalausgabe vom Jahre 1795.  Pages slightly yellowed.  Good condition.”]. No price reference found.]
 

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Der Neue Teutsche Merkur vom Jahr 1807.  Herausgegeben von C. M. Wieland.  Dritter Band.  Weimar 1807.  Im Verlage des L. Industrie-Comptoirs.  [contemporary cardboard, octavo pp. 342 with a foldout illustrating the first article, on physiognomy. Other interesting pieces are a sample translation of the Nibelungenlied, articles on Ossian, on Luther and Melanchton, a review of Campe’s dictionary. Volume contains the montly issues September-December]. No price reference found.


AMERICANA

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY ROBERT GRANVILLE CALDWELL Ph.D. (Princeton), Professor of American History, The Rice Institute. 1492-1860.  WITH MAPS.  G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York & London.  The Knickerbocker Press, 1925--27.  Vol I  [pp. ix+520 with numerous  maps, of which 4 are foldouts.  and Vol II [ppix+562 with eight foldout maps--According to the Table of Contents in vol. I , there should also be a picture of Martin Beheim's globe, but while there is no evidence of a page removed, the picture is not present].  Both volumes bear the  signature of Max Freund, native near Leipzig, who was educated in Germany and held professorships at Queens College, then at Giessen and Marburg before joining the faculty at Rice University in 1925.  He was eager to inform himself about his adopted home (see #55, below) and eventually added to our knowledge of its early settlement by translating Gustav Dresel's Houston Journal for the University of Texas Press.


46

DESCENDANTS FROM FIRST FAMILIES  of VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND.  A Fanily History and Genealogy covering 350 years 1620-1970.  Maude Crowe Researcher-Writer Compiler-Typist.  Copyright By Maude Crowe, 1978.  Of the one thousand copies printed . . . YOUR Copy is Number 366. [pp. vi + 228, extensive pencil notes].

47

A DUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY WILL AND ARIEL DURANT.  New York:  Slimon and Schuster, 1977.  A picture section includes numerous beautiful plates.  Signed by both Will and Ariel.

48

THE GERMAN ELEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES.  WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ITS POLITICAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL INFLUENCE.  BY ALBERT BERNHARDT FAUST.  IN TWO VOLUMES [bound in one].  NEW YORK.  THE STEUBEN SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 1927 [pp. xxviii + 592 & xiv + 730; plates 43 & 26; signature of Max Freund, quondam professor of German at The Rice University--cp. #43 and  #56].

49

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER. A LIFE.  By Joan Givner.  London:  Jonathan Cape, 1983.  Numerous plates.

50

THE RAVEN.  A Biography of SAM HOUSTON by MARQUIS JAMES.  Illustrated.  Indianapolis, THE BOBBS-MERRILL COMPANY, Publishers.  COPYRIGHT, 1929 BY MARQUIS JAMES [pp. xii + 490; plates 25 including the frontispiece portrait of Sam Houston and as centerpiece a 2-pge map of Texas.  Jacket is perfect, with laminated cover.  End papers contain the stamp of Tulsa County Historica Society;  (at the front) the author's autograph dated Pleasantville, NY, Apr 24 '34 and addressed to Miss Katherine Francis Walking, in which James tells about his early years in Oklahoma and assesses the relative value of his biographies of Houston and Andrew Jackson; also (at the back) a clipping pasted in, probably from an Oklahoma newspaper of the early 1930s, with a photograph of James and a biographical sketch.  This is a first edition of the Pulitzer Prize winning biography].

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 AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS` by Leon Jaworski.  Houston, Texas:  Gulf Publishing Company, 1961,  The Introduction  is by Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President of the United States.  The copy is dedicated to Captain Joseph Placic, with the signature Leon Jaworski.  More than any other work, Jaworski belongs among the books of a German teacher, whose subject is one of the highest civilizations ever achieved.  Like a good forensic witness, Jaworsky presents testimony to the character of this subject, .

52

PLAIN FOLK OF THE OLD SOUTH. By Frank Lawrence Owsley.  Louisiana State University Press:  Baton Rouge, 1949.  Southern history being indeed a part of American history, Owsley presents it sans the tropes of post bellum academics.
53

The History of Bedford County, Virginia. By LULA JETER PARKER.  The Colorful 200-Year Record of One of Virginia's Oldest and Proudest Communities.  Bicentennial Edition. 1754-1954 [pp.135, soft covers, spiral binding].

54

The Great Plains by WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB associate professor of history the University of Texas.  Ginn and Company, 1931. [pp. xvi +525; plates 17.  First edition, fine condition, on heavy rag paper, some pp. still uncut, but some yellowing].


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THE TINKLING SPRING.  HEADWATER OF FREEDOM.  A Study of the Church and Her People. 1732-1952.  By HOWARD McKNIGHT WILSON, TH.D. THE TINKLING SPRING AND HERMITAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES. FISHERSVILLE, VIRGINIA, 1954.  [pp. xviii + 542; plates 36; in the back, a 17" x 20" foldout map of "The Beverley Patent. 1736 including original grantees . . ." (present-day Waynsboro, Virginia), all in very fine condition.  This is a first edition, signed by the author].

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WOODY, CISCO, AND ME WITH WOODY GUTHRIE IN THE MERCHANT MARINE  By Jim Longhi.  New York:  Distributed by Simon and Schuster, 1997.  Woody is the poet celebrated by the Dustbowl.

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CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE. bIBLIOGRAPHIES AND STUDY OUTLINES.  BY JOHN MATTHEWS MANLY AND EDITH RICKERT.  London:  Harrap & Co. [1922. --bears the signature of  Max Freund (cp.#43, above).  In "How to use this book" on p. v we read:  "In America today we have a few excelllent writers who challenge comparison with the best of present-day England.  We have many more who have been widely successful in the business . . . which cannot be ranked as literature at all." Included are authors unfamiliar today, but notable for his absence is Herman Mellville.


GEHALT UND FORM. Gesammelte Abhandlungen zur Literaturwissenschaft und zur allgemeinen Geistesgeschichte.  By Robert Petsch. Dortmund: Verlag von
wilh. Ruhfus, 1925.

Like the previous entry, this one is also self referential, to this website.  Although the title characterizes the work with the then fashionable term Geistesgeschichte, "intellectual history," Robert Petsch lived through the last great epoch of basic research in literature, often called "positivism."  For example, it was Petsch who worked through the textual history of the German Faust Book.  A pupil of Professor Petsch went on to become German Consul General in Houston.  When she learned of my work, in 1959, she presented me with this collection, and inscribed it.

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