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24 April 2001
GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Schriften. Leipzig: Georg Joachim Göschen, 1787-90.
8 volumes, 8o (162 x 97 mm). 8 engraved frontispieces, 8 engraved title vignettes, 3 engraved plates, engraved head- and tail-piece in volumes III. (Scattered light foxing to some volumes.) Contemporary German half calf and marbled boards, spines gilt, each with leather spine label (light rubbing to some edges). Provenance: von Plato (ownership inscription in volume I); Thea and Carl Sternheim (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of the authorized collected works, including the first appearance of Faust. For the separate issue of the first edition of Faust, see lot 156. A varying number of etched plates by David Chodowiecki was sometimes inserted in this edition; this set has three: in volumes I, II and IV. Hagen 11; Wilpert/Gühring 36. (8)
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