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[Persuasion, in German:] Anna. Ein Familiengemählde....

Von Johanna Austen. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt von W. A. Lindau.

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Published: Leipzig Christian Ernst Kollmann, 1822

Stock Code: 131910

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First edition in German of Persuasion, Austen's last completed novel, representing the first translation into German of any of Austen's novels. Persuasion was first published in 1818 in an edition with Northanger Abbey. The present edition was translated by Wilhelm Adolf Lindau (1774-1849), a translator who made his name translating the works of Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth, and Washington Irving. Gilson notes that "Anna, however, was his only translation from Jane Austen, and I have not traced any initial serial publication or later re-issue". "Unlike some early translations, which adapted or abridged Austen to suit local tastes, Lindau's is an extremely faithful one. The main change that he made was to Germanise the characters' forenames (although their surnames remain resolutely English)" (Reed). Lindau also added five footnotes explaining certain details for the German audience, for example that Lyme Regis is "a coastal town in Dorsetshire" (vol. I, p. 175) and that Mr. Elliot's decision to travel on a Sunday counts against him with Anna because it breaks the observance of the Sabbath, "which is very much respected in England" (vol. II, p. 83). This edition is notably scarce, with just five copies traced institutionally worldwide (British Library, University of Chicago, University of Basel, Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin).

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2 volumes, octavo (178 x 110 mm). Contemporary blue paper wrappers, titles in manuscript to white paper labels to spines, edges untrimmed. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Foreword misbound at end of vol. I but complete. Ownership stamp, "Jo Vallen 7/4 1923" to inside front covers, pencil inscription to inside front cover of vol. I. Spine of vol. I partially split but still sound. Spines and wrapper edges lightly browned, slight spotting to spines, a couple of faint marks to covers, creasing to edges, small loss to foot of rear cover of vol. II; a remarkably well-preserved set.


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