23 April 2001
[GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)]. Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand. [Darmstadt: Johann Heinrich Merck], 1773.
8o (174 x 105 mm). Collation: A-N8 (A1r title, A1v blank, A2r text, N8 blank). Unwatermarked, laid paper. Gothic type. (Some foxing.) Contemporary German calf gilt, marbled edges (some wear to joints and corners); slipcase.
Provenance: [Sotheby's London, 21 October 1975, lot 355, to Quaritch]
RARE FIRST EDITION of Goethe's first important play. Goethe wrote an earlier version in 1771 (posthumously published in 1832), but following a critical comment of Herder, he re-wrote the work entirely and published it anonymously at his own expense two years later. FINE COPY. Hagen 46; Kippenberg I-348.
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