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ARENDT, Hannah.

Rahel Varnhagen....

The Life of a Jewess.

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Published: London published for the Leo Baeck Institute of Jews from Germany by the East and West Library, 1957

Stock Code: 118211

£4,250
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Notes

First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was nearly complete when Arendt was forced to leave Germany, and she did not return to her project until nearly two decades later, at which point much of the archival material she had planned to consult had been destroyed. It is both a biography of the German-Jewish writer Rahel Levin (1771-1833) and a more general "contribution to the history of the German Jews" (dust jacket blurb). Levin was well-known to many of the key figures of the German Romantic movement, who often met each other at her Berlin salon: regulars included Friedrich Gentz, Motte Fouqué, Schlegel, Schelling, and Steffens. She was introduced to Goethe in 1795.
Harry Zohn (1923-2001) was an educator, writer and translator of important works of German literature. He and Arendt collaborated on an edition of Walter Benjamin's Illuminations (1968), which she edited and he translated. They began corresponding with each other about this project in February 1967 and Zohn had the translation ready for Arendt's arrival in Cambridge, where they met on 6 April.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece.

Condition

Spine and extremities bleached, spine ends a little bumped, dust jacket extremities lightly rubbed and with a few nicks, jacket spine faded, lower front panel marked, tape repair to inner spine, a very good copy.

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