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‘The erotics of book collecting’

‘The erotics of book collecting’

11th March 2024

I am currently getting ready to exhibit at the New York book fair, which takes place in a few weeks’ time. One book I shall have with me is this: It also has wonderful Jugendstil endpapers: It’s a German edition of Jane Eyre, published in Vienna in 1902. Lynne Tatlock, in her recent book, Jane […]

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 […]

Werther travels abroad

Werther travels abroad

18th February 2020

Of the Werther-related items in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, item 37 stands out as particularly striking and visual: a group of three etchings with stipple by Bartolozzi after Bunbury and Ramberg, each illustrating a scene from the novel. Goethe’s influential novel first appeared in English, via a French translation, in 1779, and soon grabbed the attention […]

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 […]

‘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, […]

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 […]