Goethe’s Ossian, in an unrecorded variant

Goethe’s Ossian, in an unrecorded variant

13th February 2020

One of the connecting threads of our Anglo-German Cultural Relations catalogue is James Macpherson’s highly influential and notoriously fraudulent tales of Ossian. Another, as one might expect, is Goethe. Ossian’s reach was international, and soon made its mark on the young German writer (still only 23), who published his own four-volume edition, in English, in […]

‘A remarkable collection of English books’

‘A remarkable collection of English books’

11th February 2020

Also from Anglo-German Cultural Relations: a fine etching by Georg Balthasar Probst of Augsburg, one of the leading producers of perspective views in Europe, depicting the library at the University of Göttingen. The image was copied from one of the plates by Georg Daniel Heumann in the Wahre Abbildung der königl. Große Britan. und Churfürstl. […]

‘The importance … can hardly be overestimated’

‘The importance … can hardly be overestimated’

6th February 2020

One of the jewels of this most recent catalogue, Anglo-German Cultural Relations, is the first anthology of English literature for German students: John Tompson’s English Miscellanies consisting of various Pieces of Divinity, Morals, Politicks, Philosophy and History; and likewise of some choice Poems; all collected out of the most approved Authors in the English Tongue, […]

One of the first professional female authors in Germany

One of the first professional female authors in Germany

4th February 2020

A major theme of this latest catalogue, Anglo-German Cultural Relations, is, perhaps predictably, translation. One of the most significant examples in the catalogue is an English translation of Benedikte Naubert‘s historical novel Alf von Dülmen (1791) or, as it is titled in English, Alf von Deulmen [sic]; or, the History of the Emperor Philip, and […]

Catalogue announcement: Anglo-German Cultural Relations

Catalogue announcement: Anglo-German Cultural Relations

31st January 2020

This week we received the printed copies of a catalogue that has been in the works for some time, and have finally mailed them out. Published to mark my tenth anniversary as an independent bookseller, it has been years in the making.  Many people know me for selling Russian material, but in fact my interest […]

Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

15th January 2020

For those of you following our social media this week, you may have noticed a bit of a floral theme; more specifically, we have been posting a short series of botanical illustrations from William Curtis’s The Botanical Magazine: or, Flower-Garden displayed … (London, Fry & Couchman ‘for W. Curtis, at his Botanic Garden’, 1787). This […]