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Goethe (Johann Wolfgang)


Published: The Scholartis Press, London, 1929

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Newly translated into English by William Rose.

Number 33 of 55 copies signed by William Rose, printed on hand-made paper.

Printed in England at the Alcuin Press, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

xlv + 126 pages, 12 illustrations printed on coated paper, edges uncut, bound in quarter parchment and patterned paper sides, with publisher’s clear wrapper (slightly chipped at the top and bottom of the spine), offsetting of the wrapper on the free endpapers which slightly affects the half title page, otherwise the contents are crisp, a very good copy.

The Sorrows of Young Werther (German: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is a loosely autobiographical epistolary novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774. A revised edition followed in 1787. It was one of the most important novels in the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and influenced the later Romantic movement. Goethe, aged 24 at the time, finished Werther in five-and-a-half weeks of intensive writing in January - March 1774.[1] The book's publication instantly placed the author among the foremost international literary celebrities, and remains the best known of his works.[1][2] Towards the end of Goethe's life, a personal visit to Weimar became a crucial stage in any young man's Grand Tour of Europe. (

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (240 x 150 mm)
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