Faust as Satire

Faust as Satire

30th April 2020

Among the Faust–related items included in our Anglo-German Cultural Relations catalogue, item 214 may be the most charming. Faust and ‘Phisto is a cheeky example of Victorian Goetheana that appeared in the Sixteenth Season of Beeton’s Christmas Annual (London, Ward, Lock, and Tyler, 1875). ‘In “Faust and ’Phisto” Goethe’s famous creation will be adapted and […]

A German interest in English folksongs

A German interest in English folksongs

22nd April 2020

German interest in folksongs began in the middle of the eighteenth century, stoked in no small part by the Europe-wide mania for Ossian.  Thomas Percy’s influential Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) was also much admired, and the philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, who had been sent a copy by Rudolf Erich Raspe (of Munchausen fame) […]

From Germany to London, to America

From Germany to London, to America

15th April 2020

Many of the items in the Anglo-German Cultural Relations catalogue are rife with cross-cultural connections. One such item is the copy of John Frederick Lampe’s A plain and compendious Method of teaching Thorough Bass, after the most rational Manner … (London, J. Wilcox, 1737). This, the first (and only) edition was dedicated to Colonel John Blathwayt […]

Haller’s Usong in translation

Haller’s Usong in translation

9th April 2020

Another book from the recently-released Anglo-German Cultural Relations catalogue: Albrecht von Haller’s Usong.  An Eastern Narrative …  (London: Printed for the Translator; and sold by F. Newbery … and J. Walter …  1772). This first edition in English was published only a year after the original had appeared in Germany, apparently at the instigation of Queen Charlotte.  ‘This […]

A German abroad in England

A German abroad in England

1st April 2020

The late eighteenth century saw a rise in personal travel and tourism, making it only a matter of time before travel accounts became an amusing and sought-after genre of reading material. Item 40 from Anglo-German Cultural Relations is one such example, and was both lauded and entertaining: Karl Philipp Moritz‘s Reisen eines Deutschen in England […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

20th March 2020

This weekend, at least here in the UK, is Mother’s Day, so I thought I would share something we have here in the office: A hand-coloured etching, inscribed at the head ‘An meine liebe Mama 1786’. To paraphrase the printed greeting below, which is on silk (a window has been cut in the etching, and […]